Former Italian international Francesco Totti has branded Gonzalo Higuain’s €90m switch to Juventus from Napoli a disaster.
The Roma legend who is currently preparing for the new season expressed his discomfort at the Argentine’ s five-year deal with the Serie A Champions.
The Massimiliano Allegri’s side has already grabbed Totti’s former team-mate Miralem Pjanic and on the verge of selling France midfielder Paul Pogba to Manchester United for a world record fee of £100.8m and this has not gone down well with the one club man.
“Modern players are a bit like nomads. They are following the money, not their heart. Not many athletes follow their heart. They decide to move elsewhere to win trophies and to earn more money,” Totti told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Football has changed a lot, it is all about money now. Players change teams all the time, to make a bit more money elsewhere. It’s more about money than about passion.
“People go to the stadiums to enjoy themselves and to see players in action who will always be with their team. They expect not to be betrayed.
“Just look at what happened with Higuain, leaving Napoli for Juventus. It’s a disaster.
“But it is apparently quite normal for a foreign player these days to just leave for another team where they can make more money. It’s a mentality problem.
“Not all foreigners are like [Diego] Maradona,” he added, referring to Higuain’s fellow Argentine, who remains a firm favourite in Naples after guiding Napoli, his only Italian club, to two Serie A titles in 1987 and 1990.
Juventus defeated Tottenham 2-1 in the International Champions Cup.