Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain is set to retire at the end of Inter Miami’s 2022 Major League Soccer campaign.
The 34-year-old signed for Inter Miami in 2020, hoping to help them reach the MLS play-offs in his final season.
During his career, Higuain has played for the biggest sides in Europe, including Real Madrid, Napoli, and Juventus, while also having loan spells at AC Milan and Chelsea.
“The day has arrived to say goodbye to football,” said an emotional Higuain during a news conference.
“[It’s} a profession that has given me so much and I feel privileged to have lived with its good and bad moments.
“I want to thank each technical staff that coached me: Club Palermo, River Plate, Real Madrid, Argentina, Napoli, Milan, Chelsea, and finally Inter Miami.
“I’ll take beautiful moments with me in my head and in my heart,” he stated.
“I had an unthinkable career and achieved more than I could imagine. It’s a decision I made three or four months ago.”
Higuain netted 31 times for Argentina in 75 appearances and helped them reach the 2014 World Cup final and the 2015 Copa America final.
His last game for the Albicelestes was a 2-1 win against Nigeria at the 2018 World Cup.
He scored 333 goals and registered 113 assists in 707 appearances across the different clubs he played for, with 121 coming in 264 outings for Real Madrid.
Higuain won three La Liga titles while at Real Madrid while also winning the Serie A title with Juventus three times.
“There were a lot of questions about him a few weeks back but we spoke about legacy and how he wants to be remembered,” said Inter Miami manager Phil Neville.
“You can wave the white flag or show what you are all about.
“What he has shown since is that he has proven he’s world class and a winner. The season is still going though and he has to keep on carrying and inspiring a group of young players.
“He has stood up and his influence off the field cannot be underestimated,” Neville stated.