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Gonzalo Higuain to retire after 2022 MLS season

Experienced centre-forward Gonzalo Higuain has revealed that he will retire from professional football once the 2022 MLS season has finished.

The 34-year-old has been with Inter Miami since 2020, scoring 27 goals and registering 11 assists in 67 appearances for the American club.

Higuain has been in strong form this season, meanwhile, scoring 14 goals and providing three assists in 26 MLS appearances, with Phil Neville’s side sitting seventh in the Eastern Conference ahead of their final two regular season games against Orlando City and Montreal.

However, the former Argentina international has said that he will hang up his boots at the end of the current campaign, bringing an end to a career that started at River Plate in 2005.

“Three or four months ago I told the club, it wasn’t from one day to the next,” Higuain said during a press conference. “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 teammates 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 has played for Real Madrid, Napoli, Juventus, AC Milan and Chelsea during a highly-successful career which has seen him win three La Liga titles, three Serie A crowns and the Europa League.

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