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Gonzalo Higuain to retire at the end of the 2022 MLS season

Inter Miami striker Gonzalo Higuain will retire from playing when the 2022 Major League Soccer season ends, according to the club’s website.

The 34-year-old has enjoyed an impressive career spanning almost two decades with 364 goals for club and country since making his professional debut in 2005.

He started his career with River Plate before starring for Real Madrid, Napoli, Juventus, Chelsea and AC Milan prior to his move to America two years ago.

“The day has come to say goodbye to football – I had been working on it for years,” a teary Higuain said at a press conference earlier today.

“When I came here, I came for the pleasure of enjoying football, my life, and 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.”

With Miami hanging onto the last play-off spot in the Eastern Conference on goal difference, Higuain also highlighted his desire to secure a place in the post-season for his current employers.

“All work has a reward – it’s my turn at the most important moment of the season, to be able to help the team and be one step away from being able to qualify for the playoffs,” he added.

Currently on a four-game scoring streak, Higuain will be looking to deliver the goods for Phil Neville’s side when they host Orlando City on Thursday.

They conclude their regular season with a clash against CF Montreal three days later.

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