Gonzalo Higuainone of the most successful Argentine strikers of recent times, left football for good on Monday night, after his team, InterMiamiwas badly knocked out MLS playoff 3-0 by NYCFC in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Higuain leads David Beckham’s team to the final in his last season as a professional, scoring 16 goals in 29 games, including several of the best of his career, whether from free kicks, from mid-range and with his beautiful classic shots.
The brilliant career of Gonzalo Higuain
the old world Cup player with Argentina played the 90 minutes of a match where his team was dominated and ended his career in a discreet way, crouching on the Citi field grass, shedding a few tears, while the cameras surrounded this particular moment of his career, which he left at 34, with 785 games, 367 goals, 127 assists and 14 titles.
The Argentinian striker leaves with a brilliant career behind him. He was born in River Plate and spent his best years in Europe: Real Madrid, Napoli and Juventusbefore moving on to two brief stays at Chelsea and Milan.
“Pipita” won three league titles with Real Madrid and as many with Juventus, as well as three second places with the Argentine national team, two in the American Cup and one more at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
NYCFC in the semi-finals
Meanwhile, the home side enjoyed themselves, with goals from Gabriel Pereira, Maxi Moralez and Heberall in the second half.
NYCFC, continuing their quest to retain their reigning MLS Championship title, will now play at Montreal Sunday in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Pereira opened the scoring in the 63rd minute and Moralez made it 2-0 six minutes later. Pereira was left alone on a breakaway and Santiago Rodriguez found it for a calm finish off the crossbar. Rodriguez also got a back heel assist on Moralez’s goal.
The game was originally scheduled for Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, home of neighboring Red Bulls, but Citi Field became available after the New York food were quickly eliminated by the San Diego Padres in the MLB Wild Card round.