Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has paid tribute to teammate Gonzalo Higuain. The young Argentina striker continues to defy pundits who believe he isn't good enough to lead Real's attack.

Casillas said: "I am delighted for Higuain, he deserves to be there. It is true that he still has much to do, but he will be a very important player for Real Madrid.

"When he came to Madrid people mocked him by comparing him with Ronaldo, but he was a boy of 18. Now has shown his strength, his shot, he's fast and a great person. He can be a great player."