The Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain, who played for Real Madrid between 2007 and 2013 and is currently in the ranks of the Inter-Miamiannounced this Monday his retirement from professional soccer at the end of the 2022 season in the Major League Soccer (MLS).
Before the media in Miami, Higuain, 34 years oldhe pointed:
It is time to communicate a piece of news that I have been processing and analyzing for some time. The day has come to say goodbye to soccer, a profession that gave me so much, I feel privileged to have lived it with its good and not so good moments.
The pipita’ reviewed his career, in which he began “growing up in a huge club like River Plate where not everything was easy” and where there was “a moment in the inferiors” where he played little because he was “’skinny’ and not so tall”. “My feeling was that my dream was over because I only wanted to play for River And if it wasn’t River, I would have left football,” he said.
Gonzalo Higuaín, pride of the River Plate hotbed who left his mark on world football, announced the end of his career as a professional player.
— River Plate (@RiverPlate) October 3, 2022
After overcoming that moment, the “long-awaited” moment of debuting in the First Division and of living with the ‘millionaires’ “memories that he will never” be “forgetting”.
Then comes Real Madrid and there was a particular situation when my dad came into my room and told me that they were going to buy me, I told him in my sleep: ‘Don’t fuck with me, I’m not up for this joke’ But this news was real, he bought me Real Madrid at just 19 years old.
There he joineda locker room full of stars.
My dad told me to have respect and admiration, but never fear because if I wasn’t going to fall by the wayside and if they bought me it was because they believed in me. It was almost seven years in the best team in history, so long being so young, it was a wonderful stage.
Thank you for everything you gave us to Real Madrid and football, @G_Higuain. You will always be part of the history of this club, with which you won 3 Leagues, 1 Copa del Rey and 2 Spanish Super Cups. We wish you the best in this new stage of your life. pic.twitter.com/aZkvo8kfYN
– Real Madrid CF (@realmadrid) October 3, 2022
Higuain was shown “grateful” to Naples, where he believes that in his third year he experienced “the best” of his career, and also “another great European” such as the Juventus, to Milan and Chelsea, despite being “two short steps” and Inter-Miamiwith whom he has two games left in the regular season and is waiting to qualify for the ‘playoffs’, for “believing” in him.
In addition, he expressed “huge thanks to the people” of the Argentine National Team. “It was nine years of my career and I have lived through the best moments, defending your country is a unique feeling”, confessed.
I take wonderful moments in my head and my heart. It has been an unthinkable race, I achieved more than I could imagine. After 17 and a half years I have had a wonderful career, I feel that football has given me a lot and I am giving all of myself and more. Thank you very much to those who always trusted me, it was time to say goodbye.
Higuain started his career in river plate, with which he debuted at the age of 17, and was later transferred to real Madrid in the winter market of the 2006-2007 season and was a Real Madrid player until the end of the 2012-2013 season. Despite having to live with Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzemaleft the Madrid club after scoring 121 goals in 264 matcheswith special mention to the 2009-2010 league campaigns where he signed 27.
Part of a brilliant generation of Argentine soccer. He broke it in River, Spain and Italy. Deluxe ambassador of our football. Scorer + Player. You signed an extraordinary race, Gonzalo Higuaín. Total respect and the best for what is to come. pic.twitter.com/7ykDa5CCM6
— VarskySports (@VarskySports) October 3, 2022
From the Spanish League he went to the A series where he was one of the leaders of the Naples where he also returned to show his good scoring skills with 91 goals36 in his third and last season after which he was transferred to the Juventus.
With the ‘Vecchia Signora’ He spent another three seasons and from then on his level dropped somewhat and in 2018-2019 he played in the Milan Y Chelsea before heading to the mls to play with Inter-Miami, where he had a special reunion with his brother Frederick and where, so far, He has scored 26 goals.
Furthermore, with the Argentine National Team, with which it was world runner-up in 2014 and also participated in the 2010 and 2018 World Cups, it was 75 international times and scored 31 goals.
OFFICIAL. At 34 years old, Gonzalo Higuaín has just announced his retirement from professional football. More than 350 goals and 14 titles in 18 years of career, in River, Real Madrid, Napoli, Juve, Milan, Chelsea, Miami and in the National Team. What a tremendous race Pipa made. pic.twitter.com/gxS3dN9FFY
– Central Judge (@CentralJudge) October 3, 2022
Total, the ‘Pipita’ leaves with six league titlesthree in Spain with the real Madrid and three others with the Juventus in Italy, and one from the Europa League with the Chelsea English in 2019. He also won with the Madrid team a Copa del Rey and two Spanish Super Cups, while with the Juventus lost the 2017 Champions League final precisely against his former team.
The tears of Gonzalo Higuaín after announcing his retirement from professional football. His failures in finals with Argentina made him the target of ridicule and criticism, but nobody can argue with his quality. For records and consistency, one of the best strikers of the time. HISTORICAL. pic.twitter.com/68IPnbqFAz
– Undefeated (@InvictosSomos) October 3, 2022
(With information from Europe Press)