Gonzalo Higuain, celebrating a goal at Copa America Centenario in 2016, hopes to have many more of these with Miami. (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)
MIAMI – Inter Miami CF announced Friday it has signed three-time La Liga and Serie A winner Gonzalo Higuaín as a Designated Player.
Terms of the deal were not revealed by the MLS club, although Higuaín’s contract reportedly runs through 2022.
The 32-year-old Argentine international joins Inter Miami after leading Juventus FC to the 2019-20 Serie A title.
“We are pleased to close a deal with Gonzalo and add an experienced and successful goalscorer, who has excelled in the world’s best teams and leagues,” Inter Miami CF COO and sporting director Paul McDonough said in a statement. “Our ownership group has always said our goal is to not only bring elite players to Inter Miami, but also good people that share our ambition and aspiration of making history in North American fútbol, and we’re confident we have found that in Gonzalo.”
Higuaín, who will play No. 9 position, will occupy an international roster slot, pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P-1 visa and completion of any mandatory quarantine period under local government and MLS health and safety protocol.
“First of all, I want to thank Inter Miami for the effort it has made to sign me. I think it will be a beautiful experience in my life,” Higuain said in a statement. “It’s what I was looking for – a new experience, a new league and a beautiful city. I’m really happy to be here and that it’s official. My goal is to try to transmit all the experience I acquired in Europe and to help the team grow.”
“I feel good, I feel whole as a player. I’m motivated to try a new league and help the team grow. Individually, my goal is to demonstrate that I can contribute and continue playing great fútbol here, and I hope I can achieve that because I have all the tools necessary to succeed. Inter Miami is a team in construction but there is already a good base to reach important goals,” he added.
Higuaín, who brother Federico plays at D.C. United, joins Inter Miami after accumulating a track record of success at the club and international levels. He has won numerous titles, including his three La Liga and three Serie A titles, one Copa del Rey, two Supercopa de España, three Coppa Italia, one Supercoppa Italiana and one UEFA Europa League titles.
Higuaín has been named to the Serie A Team of the Year three times, UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season twice and Juventus Player of the Year twice. He also holds the record for most goals scored in a single Serie A season with 36.
On the international stage, Higuaín has starred for the Argentinian national team. He has made 75 appearances for La Albiceleste, and scored 31 goals across all competitions, the fifth-most of any player in the country’s history and third-most among active players. He has appeared in matches at three World Cups, including the 2014 run in which he played every match en route to the final.