Friday, July 15, 2011

Diego Milito

Diego Alberto Milito (born 12 June 1979) is an Argentine footballer who currently plays as a striker for the Italian Serie A team Internazionale. He also plays for the Argentine national team.A prolific and consistent center-forward, Milito has statistically averaged just over a goal every two appearances, over the course of his 10 year professional career. He was pivotal in Inter's 2009/10 treble winning season and his two goals in the Champions League final at last gave him international recognitions as one of the world's most effective strikers.

Diego Milito started playing at Argentine first division team Racing Club in 1999, where he won the 2001 Apertura tournament. 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.

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

Milito became the club captain at Real Zaragoza, taking over this role from brother Gabriel, who departed for FC Barcelona in 2007.His contract was extended in August 2007 with a buy-out clause of €100M.His goals helped Zaragoza to a sixth place finish in the league. As of January 2008, Diego was averaging higher than a goal every two games for Real Zaragoza, a statistic he also achieved with Genoa.

Milito has so far been unable to recreate the success he had during his first season at Inter. This has largely been due to a recurring muscle injury which has seen him feature only sporadically in the first eleven from August to April.Il Principe's form was thus affected and this was probably not helped by the departure of manager Jose Mourinho at the start of the season, nor the instability caused by the arrival and then subsequent departure of Rafa Benitez (August–December 2010).

Milito scored two goals on his international debut against Uruguay in 2003, but appeared only intermittently during the following years,and was omitted from the 2006 World Cup squad.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 and he was also included in Argentina's final 23 player roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Diego is married to Sofia and they have two children.He has a younger brother named Gabriel who plays football for FC Barcelona.

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