Federico Higuain, one of the best of the many Argentine playmakers who moved to MLS in the last decade, announced that he will be retiring at the end of the season at the age of 37.
Higuain spent eight seasons with the Columbus Crew, which he helped lead to MLS Cup 2015, where it fell to Portland, 2-1. He played the last two seasons with his brother, Gonzalo, at Inter Miami after spending the first part of the 2020 season as a player/assistant coach at D.C. United.
“I would love to play for my entire life,” Higuain said. “But this is how football is, this is how life is. Everything has an end."
The popular Higuain was named the 2012 MLS Newcomer of the Year with five goals and seven assists in just 13 games in its first season with the Crew. He has 60 goals and 67 assists in 231 MLS games.
“When he scores a goal, every single player is first to congratulate him," said first-year Inter Miami coach Phil Neville. "When they want advice, every single player goes to Federico. So when Federico sits back in his armchair and thinks about things, about what he achieved in his career, I think what he should think about is the people that he's influenced."
Higuain, who will captain Inter Miami in its final home match of the season against NYCFC on Saturday, said he will could like take on a non-playing role with Inter Miami or another MLS club.
Thank you. Enjoy your retirement. I enjoyed watching you play especially for Columbus!