In a perfect world, we would read the news that Higuaín has moved from Napoli to Juventus for over €90 million and think that all sides won in the deal. Juventus get a great striker, regardless if he’s balding or not, to further their European ambitions. And on the opposite end, Napoli get an absurd amount of money for a 28-year-old player. Money that they can re-invest in the squad to stay competitive and build for the future. Higuaín himself gets to be in a better situation all around as well.

Sports just does not work like that though, and to ask Napoli fans to see this move as reasonable is offensive. Barcelona fans didn’t shrug their shoulders when Luís Figo moved to Real Madrid; they threw a pig’s head at him. Fernando Torres wasn’t welcomed back with open arms when he played against Liverpool; Daniel Agger elbowed him in the face. Robin van Persie, Samir Nasri, Cesc Fàbregas and Ashley Cole aren’t spoken of in endearing terms by Arsenal fans; they’re mentioned in the same way that one talks about their really gross and regrettable teenage years. And there’s nothing wrong with any of it……

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