The heartbreaking reason why Gonzalo Higuain broke Italy’s coronavirus curfew to fly back to Argentina has emerged after the Juventus striker controversially fled the country.
Italy has been heavily affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, with around 60,000 cases now reported in the country, and the whole nation placed into quarantine for two weeks.
Juventus forward Higuain did not follow those instructions though, as he left Turin to be by the side of his dying mother in Argentina.
The Argentine’s lawyer, Rinaldo Romanelli, was said to have been left “perplexed” by Higuain's decision.
But his brother, Nicola, has taken to Facebook to fire back at Romanelli and put any rumours to rest about who had given Higuain permission to leave the country.
He wrote in a Facebook post: “Our mother, like so many other people in the world, is battling a disease called cancer.
“These people clearly don't care about my mother's health, they only care about mentioning the magic word that in this case is 'Higuain', that's how this business works.
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“Obviously everyone knows who this message is for and I don't like to generalise.
“My brother, Gonzalo, travelled with the authorisation of the club and with a certificate that proves he is negative for Covid-19.
“Like any other Argentine citizen in this country, he is carrying out the quarantine measures requested by our president.
“Higuain did not run away, OK? The reason is so that he could be with our mother during this undesirable situation.
“Please do not use the magic word in this delicate family moment. It's better to put your efforts into doing more important things right now. Thank you.”
Juventus team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo was granted permission to return to Madeira to be with his mother after she suffered a stroke.
Three Juventus players have tested positive for COVID-19 since the outbreak – Daniele Rugani, Blaise Matuidi and Paulo Dybala.
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