- Gonzalo Higuain played alongside Sergio Ramos at Real Madrid for seven years
- Higuain left Madrid in 2013 for Napoli before moving to Juventus in July 2016
- The Argentine scored 24 Serie A goals for league champions Juventus in 2016-17
- Juventus face Real Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday evening
Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain has admitted he has a ‘lot of affection’ for the man he is likely to come up against in the Champions League final – Sergio Ramos.
Real Madrid skipper Ramos will be one of the players tasked with keeping Higuain quiet during Saturday’s final.
The pair know each other well from their time as Real Madrid team-mates – where Higuain spent seven years between 2007 and 2013.
Sergio Ramos (left) and Gonzalo Higuain (right) spent seven years together at Real Madrid
And Higuain revealed he still speaks with Ramos, joking that he hopes the defender doesn’t score one of his trademark late goals on Saturday evening.
‘Let’s hope Ramos doesn’t score in the 90th minute,’ Higuain told reporters via Goal.
‘I have a lot of affection for him and his family and we still send each other messages.’
Higuain scored twice in the Champions League semi-final first leg victory over Monaco
Higuain left Real Madrid in 2013 for Napoli where he spent three seasons before joining Juventus in July.
And he admits that facing his former club in the Champions League final adds some extra spice to an already special occasion.
‘Football sometimes places you in situations like this one where I will face Real Madrid in the final,’ he added.
Higuain joined Juventus from Serie A rivals Napoli for £76million at the start of the season
‘The fact that I played for Real earlier in my career adds some extra intrigue to the game for me personally but I can’t stress how much I want to win the Champions League for Juventus.
‘It will be evenly matched. I’m expecting a very difficult game – they are used to playing these kind of games.
‘I was there for seven years and I know that very well, but we want to bring this trophy which Juve have been pursuing for years home.’
Ramos celebrates with the crowd after Real Madrid clinched the 2016-17 La Liga title
Higuain scored twice in the Champions League semi-final first leg against Monaco as Juventus emerged 4-1 winners on aggregate.
Real Madrid meanwhile beat city rivals Atletico 4-2 over two legs in their semi-final clash.
Zinedine Zidane’s side are bidding to become the first team ever to successfully defend the Champions League having beaten Atletico in the 2016 final.