The King’s Road branch of Nandos is to have a statue of Gonzalo Higuain erected in the coming weeks.
The Argentine frontman announced his retirement from football this week and the food chain felt that it would be fitting to have a bronze bust outside, as that’s where the 34-year-old spent most of his time during his brief stint at Chelsea.
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“Some of the nights we had when Higuain and his mates turned up, oh boy!” the branch manager told Paddy Power News while fanning himself with his hand.
“As soon as he walked through the door it was like ker-ching!”, his eyes briefly turning into pound signs.
“He used to come down most afternoons too, just to chat to the staff and help out with the BBQ. He spent so much time here we considered putting him on the payroll.”
Higuain spent most of his time on the bench and in the treatment room at Stamford Bridge during a brief sojourn in the Premier League, but it was off the field where his reputation was made;
“He used to come to the restaurant with his 12” plate on buffet nights and eat himself into decay”, a Nandos front-of-house staff told us, “Seriously, it was like watching Mr Creosote attack those chicken wings and when it came to the piri piri chicken, he was like a man possessed.
“No centre-half could live with him when it came to meal times.”
Another member of the team who worked in the restaurant at the time, confessed that, “Some nights he would eat so much we used to let him crash on the couch.”
“He may have played in a World Cup Final, but I’ll always remember him face down in a bowl of tortillas around 11pm.”
Most Chelsea fans have forgotten that Higuain even played for their club, but some of the catering staff at The Bridge have fond memories of his stay in West London.
“The guy was a monster,” one of them explained to us. “Around the canteen anyway,
“In the players’ lounge after games, we sometimes had to lock him in the toilets so the other lads could have first dibs at the buffet.
“Don’t think the new owners would fork out on the groceries for him now.”
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