Higuain: I knew I could break the record

A treble against Frosinone allowed the Argentine forward to score 36 goals in the Italian top flight this season, beating Gunnar Nordahl’s previous mark of 35 strikes

Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain admitted he was confident he would break the Serie A scoring record, as long as he was able to stay calm. 

Higuain scored his 34th, 35th and 36th Serie A goals of 2015-16 as Napoli closed out their season with a 4-0 win over Frosinone on Saturday. 

The hat-trick meant Higuain, 28, eclipsed Gunnar Nordahl’s record of 35 goals in a single Serie A season, set all the way back in 1950.

Argentina international Higuain revealed he was confident of reaching the mark ahead of the final day of the 2015-16 season. 

“It is an immense joy to have been able to surpass that mark,” he told Mediaset post-game. 

“I want to thank my family and everyone at Napoli including the team and the coaching staff. 

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“I feel very proud because they all helped me to reach this. 

“I knew I could do it, and for that I needed to maintain calmness. In the first half I couldn’t score, but after that the team helped me reach it.”

Higuain singled out Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri for helping him improve his goal-scoring form this season after doubling his tally from 2014-15. 

“He has helped me so much. He has explained to me how to improve, I listened and I’ve achieved it,” he added.

“As for the Champions League qualification, this city deserves it and so do we.”

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