Gonzalo Higuain has announced that he will retire at the end of the MLS season. The former Real Madrid striker has played for several top European clubs, including a World Cup final appearance.
The planetary laws suggest that whatever has a beginning must have an end. It applies to all spheres of life, including football. We have watched several great footballers scintillate us with exciting performances. From fantastic dribbles and great tackles to otherworldly goals, it is the nature of football, and the millstone of the game never stops grinding.
Great players have come and gone, and more will grace the game. Once upon a time, players like Diego Maradona, Gheorghe Hagi and Roberto Baggio dominated the scene. They owned the game and reshaped it. They left the scene in a blaze of glory to allow others to continue the legacy. Others like Ronaldo de Lima, Luis Figo and Zinedine Zidane were also poster boys of an era, but today are gone with the wind.
Another player is about to bite the dust. Gonzalo Higuain belongs to a class of players that heralded an era. He did great things and played for some of the best clubs and players on the planet. As the saying goes, what goes up, must come down – Higuain is about to hang his boots after a long and illustrious career.
When Gonzalo Higuain arrived in Europe in December 2006, not many gave the former River Plate striker a chance of cutting it in the ever-competitive European leagues. The Argentine striker, however, held his own and stood toe-to-toe with some of the best the game has seen. The career of the Argentine saw him play alongside great players like Ricardo Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Lionel Messi.
A long and illustrious and illustrious career is tethering towards its end as Higuain feels he has done enough to call time on the game. Higuain said he would retire from the game at the end of the current season. The Inter Miami striker announced at a news conference on Monday.
Higuain could not hold back the tears as he announced his retirement alongside Inter Miami head coach Phil Neville.
The former Napoli striker said the day has come for him to say goodbye to football. According to Higuain, it is something he has been working on for years, and three or four months ago, he relayed his feelings to the club.
Higuain concluded by saying he may now retire as he had always dreamed of – scoring goals and having fun playing the game.
Only a few trophies eluded Gonzalo Higuain during his career, but he can look back with satisfaction at what he achieved in the game. The 34-year-old striker joined Miami in September 2020. Higuain has scored 14 league goals in the MLS this season, which includes 12 in his last 15 matches. During his career with Inter Miami, Higuain has managed 27 goals in 65 games and has them in contention for a playoff spot with one game left in the regular season.
He started his career with River Plate and moved to Real Madrid, where he spent six years. He left Los Blancos for Napoli and spent another four years with Juventus. He also played for AC Milan and Chelsea before joining Inter Miami.
Gonzalo Higuain won three La Liga and Serie A titles. He also won the Europa League. He made 75 international appearances for Argentina from 2009-18 and scored 31 goals. He also featured in the 2014 World Cup final loss to Germany.