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Diego Milito
Diego Milito - Inter Mailand (3).jpg
Milito with Inter Milan in 2009
Personal information
Full nameDiego Alberto Milito
Date of birth (1979-06-12) 12 June 1979 (age 39)
Place of birth Bernal, Argentina
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) [1]
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Racing Club
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1999–2003 Racing Club 137 (34)
2003–2005 Genoa 59 (33)
2005–2008 Zaragoza 108 (53)
2008–2009 Genoa 31 (24)
2009–2014 Internazionale 128 (62)
2014–2016 Racing Club 52 (18)
Total515(224)
National team
2003–2011 Argentina 25 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 22 May 2016
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 July 2011

Diego Alberto Milito (born 12 June 1979) is an Argentine former professional footballer who played as a striker. [2]

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Milito began his club career in Argentina with Racing Club in 1999, and later moved to Italian side Genoa in 2003. In 2005, he was acquired by Spanish club Real Zaragoza, where he remained for three seasons, before returning to Genoa in 2008. His prolific goalscoring exploits during his second spell with Genoa earned him a move to defending Serie A champions Inter, where he was pivotal in the club's 2009–10 treble-winning season scoring 32 goals in all competitions including two goals in the 2010 UEFA Champions League Final. He returned to Racing Club in 2014, where he retired in 2016. At international level, Milito has earned 25 caps for Argentina, scoring 4 goals, and represented his country in two Copa América tournaments, winning a runners-up medal in 2007, and at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Genoa C.F.C. professional Italian association football and cricket club

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Real Zaragoza Spanish association football team based in Zaragoza, Spain

Real Zaragoza, S.A.D., commonly referred to as Zaragoza, is a Spanish football team based in Zaragoza, in the autonomous community of Aragon. Founded on 18 March 1932 it currently plays in Segunda División, holding home games at La Romareda, which seats 34,596 spectators.

Serie A professional association football league in Italy

Serie A, also called Serie A TIM due to sponsorship by TIM, is a professional league competition for football clubs located at the top of the Italian football league system and the winner is awarded the Coppa Campioni d'Italia. It has been operating for over eighty years since the 1929–30 season. It had been organized by Lega Calcio until 2010, when the Lega Serie A was created for the 2010–11 season.

He has been nicknamed El Príncipe ("The Prince" in Spanish) because of his physical resemblance with former Uruguayan footballer Enzo Francescoli, who had the same nickname. [3] A prolific and consistent centre-forward, Milito has averaged just over a goal every two appearances over the course of his professional career.

Uruguay republic in South America

Uruguay, officially the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, is a country in the southeastern region of South America. It borders Argentina to its west and Brazil to its north and east, with the Río de la Plata to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the southeast. Uruguay is home to an estimated 3.44 million people, of whom 1.8 million live in the metropolitan area of its capital and largest city, Montevideo. With an area of approximately 176,000 square kilometres (68,000 sq mi), Uruguay is geographically the second-smallest nation in South America, after Suriname.

Enzo Francescoli Uruguayan footballer

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Club career

Racing Club

Diego Milito started playing at Argentine first division team Racing Club in 1999, where he won the 2001 Apertura tournament. [4] During this time, his younger brother Gabriel played for Racing's main rival, Independiente, as a defender. The two clubs would contest the Avellaneda derby with the two brothers lining up against each other. [5]

Argentine Primera División Primera División

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Racing Club de Avellaneda an Argentine professional sports club based in Avellaneda

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Gabriel Milito Argentine association football player

Gabriel Alejandro Milito is an Argentine retired footballer who played as a central defender, and is a manager.

Genoa

At the beginning of 2004, Milito moved to Italian second division club Genoa for £8 million. After two very successful seasons, where he scored 33 goals in 59 matches in Italy, Genoa were relegated down to Serie C1 as a punishment for an alleged match-fixing case in the final match of the 2004–05 season against Venezia. [4] Due to this, Milito was forced to leave Genoa and would ultimately join his brother Gabriel at Real Zaragoza in the Spanish La Liga. [6]

Serie B, currently named Serie BKT for sponsorship reasons, is the second-highest division in the Italian football league system after the Serie A. It is currently contested by 19 teams, however usually consists of 22 teams, and is organized by the Lega Serie B since July 2010, after the split of Lega Calcio that previously took care of both the Serie A and Serie B. Common nicknames for the league are campionato cadetto and cadetteria, as cadetto is the Italian for junior or cadet.

2004–05 Serie B sports season

This article contains information on the 2004–05 season of Serie B, the second highest football league in Italy.

Venezia F.C. association football club in Italy

Venezia Football Club, commonly referred to as Venezia, is an Italian football club based in Venice, Veneto, that currently plays in Serie B.

Real Zaragoza

Milito again showed his incredible potential in Spain, scoring four goals in the first semi-final of the 2006 Copa del Rey to beat Real Madrid 6–1. [7] [8] [9] He finished the season as Zaragoza's top scorer with 16 goals in the first division.

Copa del Rey Spanish association football tournament

The Campeonato de España–Copa de Su Majestad el Rey, commonly known as Copa del Rey or simply La Copa, is an annual knockout football competition in Spanish football, organized by the Royal Spanish Football Federation.

Milito was one of the top scorers in the 2006–07 La Liga season. [10] He scored 23 goals, two fewer than league top goalscorer Ruud van Nistelrooy and three behind European Golden Boot winner Francesco Totti.

In November 2006, it was reported Zaragoza decided to buy him outright after his two-year loan was set to expire. [11] [12]

Milito became the club captain at Zaragoza, taking over this role from brother Gabriel, who departed for FC Barcelona in 2007. [13] His contract was extended in August 2007 with a buy-out clause of €100 million. [14] His goals helped Zaragoza to a sixth-place finish in the league. As of January 2008, Milito averaged higher than a goal every two games for Zaragoza, a statistic he also achieved with Genoa. In total, he managed 61 goals during his three seasons with Zaragoza. [4]

Return to Genoa

On 1 September 2008, just a few minutes before the transfer window closure time, Genoa completed the transfer of Milito from Zaragoza after the Spanish team were relegated to the Segunda División. [15] [16] His agent, Fernando Hidalgo, confirmed Milito chose explicitly to return to Genoa despite having received more lucrative offers from other major European clubs. [4] [17] He made his Serie A debut on 14 September against Milan. Genoa won the game 2–0 with Milito assisting the first goal and scoring the second. [18] On 9 November, Milito scored his first hat-trick for Genoa in the 4–0 victory against Reggina. [19] [20] He finished the season with 24 goals in 31 league appearances, placing him second behind Zlatan Ibrahimović in the Capocannonieri scoring title. [4] [21]

Internazionale

2009–10 season

Diego Milito during a pre-season match in 2009 Diego Milito - Inter Mailand (4).jpg
Diego Milito during a pre-season match in 2009

On 20 May 2009, La Gazzetta dello Sport confirmed that Diego Milito was transferred to Inter alongside teammate Thiago Motta. [22] The transfer fees were €28 million and €10 million respectively [23] but Genoa also received Robert Acquafresca, [24] Leonardo Bonucci, [25] Riccardo Meggiorini, [25] Francesco Bolzoni, [25] Ivan Fatić [26] and cash in exchange.

Diego Milito in 2009 Diego Milito - Inter Mailand (1).jpg
Diego Milito in 2009

The striker adapted to his new surroundings quickly and had an excellent start to his Inter career, scoring two goals in a 2–0 World Football Challenge win over city rivals Milan. [27] Subsequently, on 29 August, in his first ever Derby della Madonnina against Milan in Serie A, Milito assisted two goals and scored a penalty, his first league goal of the season, as Inter won 4–0. [28] Later, on 13 September, he scored his second league goal in a 2–0 home win against Parma. [29] In the next league match against Cagliari, he scored both goals for Inter in a 2–1 away win. [30] These two goals placed him at the top of the all-time Serie A scoring charts for best strike rate, with 28 goals in 35 games, giving him an average of 0.8 goals per game. [31] Milito continued his fine run of form with another goal in the next league match against Napoli, scoring the second goal after Samuel Eto'o scored in the first minute, a game that they won 3–1. [32]

The consistency which Milito had shown at his previous clubs was sustained throughout his debut season at Inter, and after the first few matches, he had established himself as a key contributor to the squad. On 30 October, in a 5–3 home victory against Palermo, Milito, who had returned from an injury, came off the bench to make the result safe, scoring Inter's fifth goal. [33] In the next game, against Livorno, he scored another goal, [34] taking his strike rate up to seven goals in nine league matches. Three days later, on 4 November, he scored his first goal in the UEFA Champions League in a 2–1 Group Stage win over Dynamo Kyiv; it was the equaliser which led to Wesley Sneijder's game-winner in the 89th minute. [35] On 24 February, in another Champions League match, this time in a 2–1 Round of 16 win against Chelsea, he scored another important goal, his second in the competition. [36] Four days later, Milito netted the matchwinner which gave Inter Milan a 3–2 victory at Udinese, in a thrilling win for the Nerazzurri. [37] On 27 March, after missing a 3–0 win over Livorno [38] with a hamstring problem, Milito returned for a crucial battle at title contenders Roma, where he scored one goal in a 2–1 loss. [39] [40] On 31 March, in a 1–0 Champions League quarter-finals win against CSKA Moscow, he scored the winning goal which enhanced Inter's chances of reaching the semi-finals. [41] Milito scored a vital goal and assisted twice in a 3–1 home win against FC Barcelona in the team's first leg semi-final win. [42] [43] [44]

During the very last matches of the 2009–10 season, Milito proved instrumental in Inter's winning of the first treble in the history of Italian football. The Argentine first scored the only goal in Inter's victory over Roma in the final of the Coppa Italia on 5 May 2010, enabling the Nerazzurri to take home their first trophy of the season. [45] Eleven days later, it was also Milito's goal which secured Inter Milan's 18th Scudetto when they beat Siena 1–0 on the final matchday of Serie A. [46] With only two points separating the top two teams in Serie A, the goal lifted Inter to the summit of the table after being in a position to lose the league title to Roma at the half-time break as Roma, playing simultaneously, were winning their own match against Chievo at that point. Milito himself declared this goal to be the "best of his career," [47] having been decisive in delivering a league title to his team. There was more to come from the forward, however, and on 22 May 2010, Milito yet again proved vital as he scored twice to seal a victory in the Champions League Final over Bayern Munich. As a result, Inter became European club champions for the first time in 45 years with a 2–0 victory and completed their historic treble championship season. [48]

Milito finished the season with 30 goals in all competitions, 22 of which came in the league, and 6 in the Champions League. [4] After the treble success, many pundits took note of the fact that Milito had always been an effective and efficient striker, yet remained one of the most underrated players in world football because of his low-key manner and the fact that he had plied his trade for smaller, less competitive teams prior to joining Inter. [5] Scoring goals on the biggest stages for a marquee team finally earned the striker the recognition merited by his skill and goalscoring record. Of the player and his two Champions League winning goals, The Guardian wrote:

On 9 August 2010, Milito signed a new four-year contract with the Nerazzurri. [50] On 26 August, Milito was named 2010 UEFA Forward and Player of the Year. [51]

2010–11 season

On 26 August, at the ceremony called for the delivery of the UEFA Club Football Awards, Milito was voted the best striker in the previous season's European club by winning the prestigious UEFA Club Footballer of the Year. Inter followed the previous season's success with a victory in the Supercoppa Italiana against Roma. He failed to convert a penalty in the 90th minute, however, in the 2010 UEFA Super Cup match against UEFA Europa League champions Atlético Madrid; the game finished 2–0 for the Spaniards. He played his first match of the league on 30 August 2010 in week one against Bologna, where Inter started the season with a goalless draw. [52] On 14 September, Milito scored an accidental own-goal in first match of group stage in Champions League against Twente. [53] Eight days later, on 22 September, Milito scored his first goals of the season in a 4–0 win against nearly promoted club Bari at San Siro, helping the team to reach in top of the league. [54] After that, he went to wait until 10 November to score his next goal, where he scored against Lecce to put his team ahead in 76th minute, but, however, Lecce would equalizing three minutes later with Uruguay international Rubén Olivera. [55] He dedicated the goal to his team mate Walter Samuel, who three days ago ended his season after suffered a severe knee injury. [56] [57]

In December, Milito scored a goal against Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma in the semi-finals of the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup; Inter went on to win the tournament. [4] On 24 January 2011, Milito received an Oscar del Calcio award for "Best Football Foreign Player" and the "Best Footballer of the Year" for the 2009–10 season. Milito registered just eight goals in 34 appearances in an injury-plagued season as Inter finished the league in second place.

2011–12 season

Milito (with number 22) and his team-mates before a Champions League match against PFC CSKA Moscow on 27 September 2011 FC Internazionale 2011-2012.jpg
Milito (with number 22) and his team-mates before a Champions League match against PFC CSKA Moscow on 27 September 2011

In the first Serie A match of the 2011–12 season, Milito scored two goals in a 4–3 defeat against Palermo. After a seesaw performance, Milito crept back on the scoresheet with a goal on 24 September against Bologna and on 2 November, he registered his 200th goal with the club in a Champions League match won 2–1 against Lille OSC.

On 27 November, Milito earned his 400th career appearance in the league match at Siena, which ended with a 1–0 away win for Nerazzurri, [58] while on 18 December, in a 1–0 win over Cesena, he played his 100th game in Serie A. [59] On 21 December, marks in a 4–1 win against Lecce in Inter's last match for 2011. [60] On 7 January 2012, he scored twice and assisted goal of Giampaolo Pazzini in a 5–0 win against Parma at San Siro. [61] On 15 January 2013, Inter won the Derby della Madonnina against Milan with the result 1–0, with Milito who scored the only goal in 54th minute after an assist from Javier Zanetti, [62] his 200th for an Italian club across all competitive competitions. [63] With his goal at Milan, he has scored seven goals in just nine derby matches played in Italy — four goals in four games in the Derby della Lanterna for Genoa against Sampdoria and three in five in the Derby della Madonnina.

On 1 February, Milito scored all four Inter goals in a 4–4 draw at the San Siro against Palermo, [64] [65] the first four-goal game in the Serie A since Christian Vieri accomplished the feat for Inter against Brescia (4–0) on 1 December 2002. It was also his second four-goal game, the first accomplished with Real Zaragoza in a Copa del Rey match against Real Madrid on 8 February 2006. [7] [8] [9] Milito scored a hat-trick on 1 April in a 5–4 win against his old club Genoa and added another hat-trick on 6 May in the Derby della Madonnina against Milan, where Inter won 4–2. With this feat, Milito overpassed Ronaldo's 49 goals in the all-time list of goals scored in an Inter shirt, with 50. It was also the fourth hat-trick scored in a Milan derby, after Altafini on 27 March 1960; Amadei on 6 November 1949; and Nyers on 1 November 1953. On 13 May, after the club's 3–1 loss against Lazio, [66] Milito finished the season with 24 goals, four behind leader Zlatan Ibrahimović. [67]

2012–13 season

Milito started the 2012–13 season scoring the second goal of a 0–3 final victory over Serie A newcomers Pescara in the first game of the season. [68] On 28 October, he celebrated his 100th Serie A match in an Inter shirt, scoring his fourth goal of the season away against Bologna. [69] Three days later, on 31 October, he scored his fifth goal against Sampdoria in a game that ended 3–2 for Inter; it was also his 200th career goal across all competitions. [70] On 4 November, he scored a double in the match against Juventus in Turin, a 1–3 Inter win, endet Juventus 49 matches unbeaten run at Juventus Stadium. [71]

After Inter's 2–1 victory over Napoli on 9 December, where Milito registered a goal, Milito celebrated his 100th Serie win out of 197 games played between both Genoa and the Nerazzurri. [72] With 28 goals scored, Milito also became the player with the most goals scored in the Serie A during the 2012 calendar year, ahead of Napoli's Edinson Cavani (27) and Udinese's Antonio Di Natale (23).

Returning from an injury suffered in January on 10 February 2013, Milito marked his return in the home win against Chievo by scoring a goal and providing an assist on Esteban Cambiasso's strike. [73] Milito's season injuries woes continued, however, as on 14 February, in a UEFA Europa League match against CFR Cluj, he was injured in the seventh minute with a collateral ligament injury, anterior cruciate ligament, and capsule in his left knee. [74] Two days later, Milito announced that the surgery to repair the injury was a success, but that the player would not return to the pitch for at least six months, ruling him out of contention for the remainder of the season.

2013–14 season

Milito returned to action for Inter, against Sassuolo on 22 September 2013, having been on the bench in the previous match against Juventus. He scored a brace in a 7–0 away win over the Serie A newcomers. [75] However, he was beset by injury yet again, putting him out for a further ten matches. [76] He returned to the team on 6 January 2014 in a 1–0 away loss to Lazio, coming on as a late substitute. [77] In total, Milito scored 75 goals in 171 appearances in all competitions during his five seasons with Inter, 62 of which were scored in Serie A. [4]

Return to Racing

In 2014, it was confirmed Milito would come back to his first club, Racing Club, where he started his professional career. [78] Milito scored on his Racing return to help the team to a 3–1 win over Defensa y Justicia on the opening weekend of the Argentine championship. [79] On 26 August 2014, he scored a crucial goal with a penalty in the 1–0 victory against Arsenal de Sarandí in week four of Argentine Primera División. [80] On 31 August 2014, Milito scored his third goal for Racing in a 2–1 loss against Independiente; he scored the goal in the 14th minute after an assist by Ricardo Centurión. He provided an assist for Gustavo Bou, who scored the first goal in a 2–1 win over Boca Juniors. [81] He scored his fourth goal of the season in a 4–0 win over Estudiantes on 11 October. [82]

Milito continued his fine form, supplying his third assist of the season in a 1–1 draw against Club Olimpo. [83] He assisted Gabriel Hauche in the 41st minute of the match. [84] Milito scored the fifth and sixth of the season on 30 November in a match against Rosario Central, who ended with a 3–0 win away. [85] After this win, Racing got to the top of the league and one match remained for it to be over. He participated on the play where Ricardo Centurión scored the crucial goal against Godoy Cruz. Racing was crowned 2014 Transición champion, meaning that the team qualified in 2015 Copa Libertadores second stage. [86] That was Racing's first title after 13 years; [87] [88] Milito had also been on the side that won the title in 2001, and thus contributed to the club's only titles since 1966. [89] Milito said that winning the league with Racing was a dream come true. [90]

On 21 May, Milito scored the opening goal from a penalty in a 2–0 win over Temperley, on the final match of his career, at the age of 36. [91] In total, he ended his club career with 254 goals in 607 appearances in all competitions. [4]

International career

Milito made his Argentina debut on 31 January 2003 against Honduras, where he also scored his first goal. He scored his second and third goals on 16 July 2003 against Uruguay, but appeared only intermittently during the following years [92] and was omitted from the 2006 World Cup squad. [93] He played for Argentina in the 2007 Copa América tournament, gaining playing time after Hernán Crespo's injury in a Group Stage match against Colombia, where he scored a goal; [94] Argentina progressed to the final, where they were defeated 3–0 by Brazil.

Milito's impressive performances during his time at Genoa led him to be called more often, especially under the reign of manager Diego Maradona, where Milito would often be deployed as a substitute. After his first season with Inter, Maradona included Milito in the Argentina squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, [95] where he would feature in two games as Argentina were eliminated 4–0 in the quarter-finals by Germany. [96] On 1 June 2011, Milito was included in new Albiceleste manager Sergio Batista's 23-man squad ahead of the 2011 Copa América, [97] along with his brother Gabriel and Inter teammates Javier Zanetti and Esteban Cambiasso. He did not feature in any matches during the competition with Argentina, who was eliminated in the quarter-finals by Uruguay after penalties. [98] [99]

Retirement

After retiring from professional football, Milito's last club, Racing Club, organised a tribute match in his honour on 12 November 2016, featuring many of his former team-mates, as well as friends and family members. At the age of 37, Milito scored two goals during the match, and was given a standing ovation from the Racing fans, who regard Milito as one of the club's most iconic players. [89]

Style of play

A quick, dynamic, and technically gifted forward, with good vision, composure, and an eye for goal, [49] Milito was known for his offensive movements and ability in the air, and was capable of finishing well with his head as well as both feet, despite being naturally right-footed. [100] [101] [102] He was also an accurate penalty taker. [103]

Regarding his elegant yet efficient playing style, and his consistent, prolific goalscoring, [104] Goal.com said of Milito in 2010: "His profession is football and his speciality is goals. He is one of the most impressive strikers in world of football today. He doesn't possess the same physical attributes as some of his fellow strikers, but he doesn't need them - he scores goals with ease and has always featured in top teams. Milito is a pure Number 9 and lethal in the penalty area." [105]

Personal life

Diego Milito has Italian roots. His family emigrated to Argentina from Terranova da Sibari, Calabria. [106] Diego is married to Sofía and they have three children. [107] [108] [109] He is the older brother of former football player Gabriel, who he faced against in Champions League games during Gabriel's years playing for FC Barcelona, most notably in semi-finals of 2010, when both Diego and Gabriel were among their respective team's starting line-up. [110] On 21 May 2016, the day of his retirement from professional football, Milito celebrated the birth of his third daughter, Morena. [91] His son Leandro is currently a member of the Racing Club de Avellaneda Youth System. [89]

Career statistics

Club

As of 30 November 2014 [111] [112] [113] [114]
ClubSeasonLeagueCupContinentalTotal
AppsGoalsAssistsAppsGoalsAssistsAppsGoalsAssistsAppsGoalsAssists
Racing 1999–2000 11100000001110
2000–01 35200000003520
2001–02 38900000003890
2002–03 35140000113046170
2003–04 18800000001880
Total1373400001130148370
Genoa 2003–04 2012000020120
2004–05 3921031042220
Total5933031062340
Zaragoza 2005–06 3615086044210
2006–07 3723230040232
2007–08 3515742020041177
Total1085391580200125619
Genoa 2008–09 3124712032267
Total3124712032267
Internazionale 2009–10 35224620116252306
2010–11 23564107203486
2011–12 3324310072141264
2012–13 20950006032698
2013–14 17221001822
Total12862201230311061717527
Racing 2014 17631000001863
2015 228220094133123
2016 630000200830
Total45175300114159216
Career total50822941341405517759725449

International

[115]

Argentina national team
YearAppsGoals
200353
200420
200500
200600
200761
200820
200950
201040
201110
Total254

International goals

#DateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
1.31 January 2003 Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, HondurasFlag of Honduras.svg  Honduras 1 – 03–1Friendly
2.16 July 2003 Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, La Plata, ArgentinaFlag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 1 – 02–2
3.2 – 0
4.2 July 2007 Estadio José Pachencho Romero, Maracaibo, VenezuelaFlag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 4 – 24–2 2007 Copa América

Statistics correct as of matches played 22 May 2010 [116] [115]

Honours

Club

Racing Club [117]
Internazionale [117]

Individual

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The 2013–14 season was Football Club Internazionale Milano's 105th in existence and 98th consecutive season in the top flight of Italian football. The team competed in Serie A and the Coppa Italia, finishing fifth in the league and qualifying for the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League.

The 2014–15 season was Football Club Internazionale Milano's 106th in existence and 99th consecutive season in the top flight of Italian football. The team took part at Serie A, Coppa Italia and UEFA Europa League.

Lautaro Martínez Argentinian association football player

Lautaro Javier Martínez is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a striker for Italian club Internazionale and the Argentine national team.

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