Ex-Chelsea & Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuaín announces retirement from professional football after 17 years with 14 trophies

Ex-Chelsea & Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuaín has announced his retirement from professional football after 17 years with 14 trophies.

Inter Miami CF and former Argentina international forward Gonzalo Higuain announced his retirement on Monday.

He played for some of the world’s top clubs during his 17-year career, including Real Madrid, Juventus, AC Milan, and Chelsea.

The 34 years old man will play out the rest of the season with Miami, which is currently in the playoff position in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference with two games left to play.

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Higuain who joined MLS outfit Inter Miami since 2020, is Argentina’s fifth-highest scorer with 31 goals in 75 matches.

The 34-year-old announced his retirement at a tearful press conference alongside Inter Miami head coach Phil Neville.

“The day has come to say goodbye to football,” said Higuain.

“Three or four months ago I told the club, it wasn’t from one day to the next. I had been working on it for years.

“When I came here, I came for the pleasure of enjoying football, of my life, of having Fede close, my brother. It was another stage in my career, but I can tell you that it was one of the best moments of my career, and this club, my team-mates and the coaching staff gave it to me, who gave me back the desire to play football.

“I can now retire as I always dreamed, scoring goals and having fun playing the game.”

Higuain will be hoping to bow out on a high note, with Miami currently occupying the final play-off spot in the Eastern Conference with two games of the season remaining.

“After the most wonderful career I could have had, I feel that football has given me so much,” Higuain told reporters. “Many thanks to those who have always believed in me … the time has come to say goodbye.”

Higuain began his professional career with Argentine giants River Plate in 2005 after progressing through the club’s youth system. He went on to score 15 goals in 41 league and cup appearances.

In 2006, Higuain was transferred to Real Madrid for a fee of $16 million, and after a slow start proved to be a prolific scorer for Los Merengues, scoring 121 goals in 264 appearances in all competitions. He was also part of three LaLiga title-winning teams as well as a Copa del Rey winner in 2011.

Higuain departed after seven seasons in Madrid, moving to Napoli in the summer of 2013 for $53.1m. He continued his goalscoring ways, tallying 91 goals in 146 appearances over three seasons.

In the summer of 2016, Juventus activated a release clause in Higuain’s contract, allowing them to acquire the Argentine for just under $100m, a Serie A record at the time.

After an impressive initial season that saw him score 32 goals, Higuain’s production soon dropped off, leading the Bianconeri to loan him out to be both AC Milan and Chelsea during the 2018-19 campaign.

After one final season with Juventus in 2019-20, in which he helped the club to a third Serie A title during his tenure there, Higuain moved to Inter Miami, where he has scored 27 goals and added 14 assists in 65 league appearances.

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