Napoli have released a statement denying a statement attributed to one of their striker Gonzalo Higuain labelling his former teammate, Cristiano Ronaldo over-rated” and egotistical in an interview with Spanish magazine Don Balon.

Higuain who left Madrid for Napoli in 2013 was quoted in the magazine thus,  “He [Ronaldo] has a lot of ego. If you don’t say he’s the best, he’s not your friend. Cristiano thinks he’s the best but he’s over-rated.

“I’ve shared a dressing room with Messi and one is nothing like the other.”Quotes emerged on Sunday of Higuain reportedly branding three-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo “

However, Napoli have insisted the Argentinian didn’t make the comments.

“Napoli and Higuain categorically deny ever he has been granted an interview with ‘Don Balon. Therefore the sentences attributed to Higuain are considered false and without any foundation.”