Gonzalo Higuain's career ends in Inter Miami defeat to NYCFC

Gonzalo Higuain never played up to his price tag
Gonzalo Higuain never played up to his price tag / Ira L. Black - Corbis/GettyImages

Gonzalo Higuain has had a very impressive career, but it is best known for his goal that was ruled out for offside in the final of the 2014 World Cup against Germany which Argentina would go on to lose. Unfortunately, in his final professional game ended in similar circumstances, as his Inter Miami side lost to New York City FC in the MLS playoffs.

In the 23rd minute at Yankee Stadium, Higuain found the back of the net, but the linesman's flag went up for offside as he reeled away in celebration . New York took the lead in the 67th minute through a strike into the top corner by Gabriel Pereira after an impressive run by Santiago Rodriguez. The South Americans were leaving their mark on this game.

The Pigeons' lead was doubled just six minutes later, after a fantastic bit of passing play from their whole team was finished off by Maximiliano Moralez. Nick Cushing's side then sealed the victory as Heber latched onto a mistake by Miami at the back and he rolled the ball into an empty net.

Higuian looked an emotional figure as he left the pitch for the very last time, bringing to an end a career that saw him score more than 350 professional goals and appear at three World Cups.

The retiring player was born in France to a footballing family, his father Jorge Higuaín was playing for Brest at the time. The family would move back to Argentina when Jorge transferred to River Plate. Gonzalo would end up starting his career at River, where he scored 15 goals for Los Millonarios which earned him a move to Real Madrid.

At Los Blancos, he would win La Liga three times and would score 121 goals for the side. He then moved to Napoli, where he would win the Coppa Italia and find the back of the net 91 times.

Higuain then switched the south of Italy for the north, as he signed for Juventus. At the Old Lady, he netted 66 times, won Serie A three times and two Coppa Italia. However, they would lose to Real Madrid in the final of the 2017 Champions League.

At Juve, Higuain was loaned out to AC Milan and got a chance in the Premier League with Chelsea. Whilst in London he scored five times and won the Europa League.

Inter Miami was his next and final club where the Argentine scored 29 times in total and was instrumental in helping Phil Neville's side reach the playoffs this year.

As for his career with Argentina, Higuain scored 31 times in 75 appearances which is quite impressive considering he was competing with the likes of Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero for a starting spot. However, he would unfortunately not lift a major trophy with the side finishing as a runner-up in the World Cup and Copa America.

It is unclear what will lie in store for Higuain next. However, looking into what his former Argentine teammates are up to now they are retired may give us some clues. 

Carlos Tevez made a surprise move into management and is currently the manager of Rosario Central. Whilst Sergio Agüero whose career was cut short due to heart problems has since become a media personality on his Twitch and YouTube channels. It will be interesting to see what Higuain will do next. His experience will certainly put him in good stead if he chooses to go into coaching or the media.