Diego Alberto Milito
(born 12 June 1979) is an Argentine footballer
who 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 recognition as one of the world's most effective strikers.
He has been nicknamed Il Principe del Bernal
(Italian for "The Prince of Bernal") or El Príncipe del Bernal
(in Spanish) because of his physical resemblance with former Uruguayan
footballer Enzo Francescoli
, who was nicknamed that way (without "Bernal").
1999–2003: Early years in Argentina
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.
2004–2005: First years in European football
At the beginning of 2004, Milito moved to Italian second division Genoa
. After two very successful seasons, where he scored 33 goals in 59 matches in Italy
, Genoa were... Read More