The Argentine forward, who gave Juventus a 2-0 away win in their Champions League semi-final first leg to put them on the brink of a place in the final, has a prolific scoring record overall.
Gonzalo Higuain rose to the big occasion with his two goals against AS Monaco on Wednesday — something critics say the Juventus has forward often failed to do.
He hit a Series a record of 36 goals Napoli in the 2015-16 season, inspiring Juventus to pay the world’s third highest transfer fee of 90 million euros (76.1 million pounds) for him last July.
Yet, there has always been a sneaking suspicion that he can go missing during the bigger matches.
Overall, his scoring record in the Champions League is 18 in 63 games . One of his most crucial misses came three seasons ago when he squandered a penalty against Lazio which could have taken Napoli into the Champions League.
Needing to win their last game of the season to finish third, Napoli were level at 2-2 when Higuain, who had scored both goals, undid his good work by firing a spot kick over the crossbar.
His failure to score in three successive finals for Argentina has also not helped his cause. He capped it with two goals, one with each foot, taking his tally for the season to 31 in all competitions.
He capped it with two goals, one with each foot, taking his tally for the season to 31 in all competitions.
On Wednesday, another frustrating night appeared to be on the cards when he slipped in trying to reach a Paulo Dybala pass, but after that gave a typical performance of selfless running and ruthless finishing.