The 2010 treble winning season was a bit of history for Italian side Inter Milan and a large portion of the credit had to go to two men: manager Jose Mourinho and forward Diego Milito.

 

Diego Milito, who scored two goals in the UEFA Champions League final to help Inter Milan lift the trophy, has announced that he will retire from competitive football after competing in this year’s Copa Libertadores.

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“I am happy to say I will play another six months at the club,” the 36-year-old Argentine said, according to allsports.com, “I will stay to play the Libertadores.”

“In June 2016 I’m going to retire, no matter what. This is my last six months as a professional player.”

Milito spoke about the difficulty of making this decision and his high hopes about his boyhood team, Racing Club, who have qualified for this years Copa Libertadores — the South American version of the Champions League.

“It was not easy to stop playing football, something I have been doing my whole life. We are in a moment to enjoy, a historic moment and one in a positive way. I think I can continue to contribute to this great group we have formed and enjoy another Libertadores.”

An Internazionale Legend

Diego Milito spent 5 years at Inter before decreasing fitness levels and injury forced him back to Argentina, scoring 75 goals for them in 121 appearances. The peak of his career came at the surprisingly late age of 30 as he was the influential figure behind the club winning Italian football’s first ever treble. He scored in the Coppa Italia finals, the final match of the Serie A season and the UEFA Champions League final.

Though his legacy in his country and Europe may be overshadowed by others, at Inter he will be hailed as a legend and history maker for years to come.