Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain announced Monday that he will retire from football at the end of the 2022 MLS season. “The day has come to say goodbye to football,” he said. “I’m honoured to go through it, for better or for worse.”
So far this season, the 34-year-old Higuain has always maintained an excellent competitive state, scoring 14 goals and providing 3 assists for Inter Miami CF in 28 games in all competitions. The 2022 MLS season is now drawing to a close, with Inter Miami currently ranked seventh in the Eastern Conference and expected to make the playoffs.
Higuain revealed at the press conference that he had the idea of retiring in 3 or 4 months and also reached an agreement with the club. “After going through the best career I could have had, I feel that football has given me a lot and I have given my all and more. A big thank you to those who have always believed in me, thank you. It’s time to say goodbye.”
Higuain also said the attacks from social media had hurt him deeply, especially after he made a mistake in a crucial game for Argentina. “There’s kind of toxic feeling around football on social media. You can’t imagine the damage that comments on social networks do,” Higuain said. The Argentine believes that cyberbullying was a big factor in his retirement: “I was really suffering, my family helped me. So, people should think before attacking on social media – it’s really serious topic.”
Even so, Higuain is still grateful for his 9-year national team career, “I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to everyone in the Argentine national team, we have participated in 9 years of friendly matches, championships, World Cups and the Americas. Cup. I met a lot of great people there and all I can say is thank you.”
Higuain’s career began in 2006, playing for River Plate, Real Madrid, Naples, Juventus, AC Milan, and Inter Miami. In the past 17 years, the Argentine has played 707 times, scored 333 goals, and provided 113 assists. He has 14 championship titles, including 1 Europa League, 3 La Liga, 3 Serie A, and 1 Copa del Rey. Champion, 3 Coppa Italia, 2 Western Super Cup, and 1 Italian Super Cup.
For the national team, Higuain participated in three World Cups with Argentina (2010, 2014, and 2018), where he played 75 times, scored 31 goals, and provided 14 assists.