|Full name||Diego Alberto Milito|
|Date of birth||12 June 1979|
|Place of birth||Bernal, Argentina|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 07:45, 11 February 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Diego Alberto Milito (born 12 June 1979) is an Argentine footballer of Italian origin who plays as a striker for Italian Serie A club Internazionale and the Argentine national team. A prolific and consistent centre-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.
Club career 
Racing Club 
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 club Genoa. After two very successful seasons, where he scored 33 goals in 59 matches in Italy, Genoa were relegated down to Serie C1 as a punishment for an alleged match-fixing case in the final match of the 2004–05 season. Due to this, Milito was forced to leave Genoa and would ultimately join his brother Gabriel at Real Zaragoza in the Spanish La Liga.
Real Zaragoza 
2005–2008: Making his mark in Spain 
Milito again showed his incredible potential in Spain, scoring four goals in the first semi-final of the 2006 Copa del Rey to beat Real Madrid 6–1. He finished the season as Zaragoza's top scorer with 16 goals in the first division.
Milito was one of the top scorers in the 2006–07 La Liga season. He scored 23 goals, two less than league top goalscorer Ruud van Nistelrooy and three behind European Golden Boot winner Francesco Totti.
Milito became the club captain at Zaragoza, taking over this role from brother Gabriel, who departed for FC Barcelona in 2007. His contract was extended in August 2007 with a buy-out clause of €100 million. His goals helped Zaragoza to a sixth place finish in the league. As of January 2008, Milito averaged higher than a goal every two games for Zaragoza, a statistic he also achieved with Genoa.
2008–2009: A return to Italy 
On 1 September 2008, just a few minutes before the transfer window closure time, Genoa completed the transfer of Milito from Zaragoza, after the Spanish team were relegated to the Segunda División. His agent Fernando Hidalgo confirmed Milito chose explicitly to return to Genoa despite having received more lucrative offers from other major European clubs. He made his debut on 14 September against Milan. Genoa won this game 2–0 with Milito assisting the first goal and scoring the second. On 9 November, Milito scored his first hat-trick for Genoa in the 4–0 victory against Reggina. He finished the season with 24 goals in 31 league appearances, placing him second behind Zlatan Ibrahimović in the Capocannonieri scoring title.
2009–10: A treble-winning debut season 
On 20 May 2009, La Gazzetta dello Sport confirmed that Diego Milito was transferred to Internazionale alongside teammate Thiago Motta. The transfer fees were undisclosed but Genoa received Robert Acquafresca, Riccardo Meggiorini, Leonardo Bonucci, Francesco Bolzoni Ivan Fatić and cash in exchange.
The striker adapted to his new surroundings quickly and had an excellent start to his Inter career, scoring two goals in a 2–0 World Football Challenge win over city rivals Milan. Subsequently, on 29 August, in his first ever Derby della Madonnina against Milan in Serie A, Milito assisted two goals and scored a penalty, his first league goal of the season, to cap off a 4–0 victory. Later, on 13 September, he scored his second league goal in a 2–0 home win against Parma. In the next league match against Cagliari, he scored both goals for Inter in a 2–1 away win. These two goals placed him at the top of the all-time Serie A scoring charts for best strike rate, with 28 goals in 35 games, giving him an average of 0.8 goals per game. Milito continued his fine run of form with another goal in the next league match against Napoli, scoring the second goal after Samuel Eto'o scored in the first minute, a game that they won 3–1.
The consistency which Milito had shown at his previous clubs was sustained throughout his debut season at Inter, and after the first few matches, he had established himself as a key contributor to the squad. On 30 October, in a 5–3 home victory against Palermo, Milito, who had returned from an injury, came off the bench to make the result safe, scoring Inter's fifth goal. In the next game, against Livorno, he scored another goal, taking his strike rate up to seven goals in nine league matches. Three days later, on 4 November, he scored his first goal in the UEFA Champions League in a 2–1 group stage win over Dynamo Kyiv; it was the equaliser which led to Wesley Sneijder's game-winner in the 89th minute. On 24 February, in another Champions League match, this time in a 2–1 round of 16 win against Chelsea, he scored another important goal, his second in the competition. Four days later, Milito netted the matchwinner which gave Internazionale a 3–2 victory at Udinese, in a thrilling win for the Nerazzurri. On 27 March, after missing a 3–0 win over Livorno with a hamstring problem, Milito returned for a crucial battle at title contenders Roma, where he scored one goal in a 2–1 loss. On 31 March, in a 1–0 Champions League quarter-finals win against CSKA Moscow, he scored the winning goal which enhanced Internazionale's chances of reaching the semi-finals. Diego scored a vital goal in a 3–1 home win against Barcelona in a first leg Champions League semi-final win.
During the very last matches of the 2009–2010 season, Milito proved instrumental in Inter's winning of the first treble in the history of Italian football. The Argentine first scored the only goal in Inter's victory over Roma in the final of the Coppa Italia on 5 May 2010, enabling the nerazzurri to take home their first trophy of the season. Eleven days later, it was also Milito's goal which secured Internazionale's 18th scudetto when they beat Siena 1–0 on the final matchday of Serie A. With only two points separating the top two teams in Serie A, the goal lifted Inter to the summit of the table after being in a position to lose the league title to Roma at the half-time break as Roma, playing simultaneously, were winning their own match against Chievo at that point. Milito himself declared this goal to be the "best of his career", having been decisive in delivering a league title to his team. However, there was more to come from the forward and on 22 May 2010 Milito yet again proved vital as he scored twice to seal a victory in the Champions League Final over Bayern Munich. As a result Internazionale became European club champions for the first time in 45 years with a 2–0 victory and completed their historic treble championship season.
After the treble success many pundits took note of the fact that Milito had always been an effective and efficient striker, yet remained one of the most underrated players in world football because of his low-key manner and the fact that he had plied his trade for smaller, less competitive teams prior to joining Inter. Scoring goals on the biggest stages for a marquee team finally earned the striker the recognition merited by his skill and goalscoring record. Of the player and his two Champions League winning goals, The Guardian wrote:
|“||Vision, timing, flawless technique and sangfroid – these two goals had everything a great striker needs, plus a sense of lyricism in the fluency of his movement. The 30-year-old Milito is hardly a fancy striker, not a Messi taking your breath away with a trick or a Tévez galvanising the stadium with elemental force, but his economy has been just as devastating...||”|
2010-11 Season 
In July renews its contract with Inter until 30 June 2014 as a salary of 5 million net a year plus 500,000 euro bonus arriving between appearances, goals and other private arrangements. On August 26, at the ceremony called for the delivery of the UEFA Club Football Awards, was voted the best striker in the previous season's European club by winning the prestigious UEFA Club Footballer of the Year. The following season he won the Italian Super Cup at once against the Roma, but missed a penalty at 90 'in the European Super Cup against Atlético Madrid 2-0 for the opponents. Another accident on the first day of the Champions League match against Twente (2-2), scoring an own goal. In December conquest with his companions the World Cup for clubs, competition during which she also scored a goal in the semifinals against Seongnam. On January 24, receives the Oscar for best football AIC foreign player and the absolute best footballer of the year 2010. On May 29 marks the final 3-1 to win the 2011 Coppa Italia Final against Palermo in 2010-2011, after a season undermined by five injuries to the hip flexors with two relapses. At the end of the season are 8 goals in 34 appearances.
2011-12 Season 
Inaugurating the 2011-2012 season scoring double goals in the 4-3 defeat against Palermo. After a seesaw performance, Milito back to goal on Sept. 24 against Bologna in Serie A and 2 November marks his 200th goal with the club in the Champions League match won 2-1 against Lille. On November 27, reached his 400 appearances in various championships at Siena-Inter 0-1, while on December 18 in Cesena-Inter 0-1 plays his 100th game in Serie A. On December 21 marks in a 4-1 win against Lecce and 7 January scored a double goals in the 5-0 to Parma. On January 15, during the derby win against AC Milan 1-0 thanks to one of his goals, reaches the 200 total admissions in Italy: 103 appearances in Serie A, 59 in Serie B, 12 in the Italian Cup, 21 in the Champions League , 2 in Italian Super Cup, 1 European Super Cup and 2 at the World Cup. With his goal at AC Milan, there are 7 goals scored in 9 derby played so far in Italy: 4 of 4 in the derby of Genoa and 3 of 5 in that of AC Milan. On February 1, has scored four goals in a 4-4 draw at home against Palermo, bringing their 11 goals scored to rosanero but also building the first poker in Italian football after he scored four goals in a game only with the shirt of Real Zaragoza in the Copa del Rey against Real Madrid on 8 February 2006. The last of a poker player Inter in the league dating back to December 1, 2002, Inter-Brescia 4-0, signed by Christian Vieri. Scored a hat trick on 1 April in a 5-4 win against Genoa and another (two on penalty) on May 6 in the return derby won 4-2. With this trick, with 50 league goals than Ronaldo in the ranking of striker. It is also the third hat-trick in a Milan derby: Altafini came of 4 March 27, 1960 in Milan-Inter 5-3, fulfilled instead Amadei only 3 goals in Inter 6-5 of 6 November 1949, and in Nyers Inter 3 -0 1 November 1953. On May 13, during the game lost 3-1 against Lazio, finished the season with 24 goals º (8 of penalty), more than two goals in the league from 2009 to 2010.
2012-13 Season 
Start the 2012-2013 season scoring the goal of the 0-2 (0-3 final result) against Pescara to the first of the season. On October 28, celebrates his 100th presence in Serie A with Inter shirt scoring the fourth goal of the season away against Bologna. On October 31, signed the fifth goal against Sampdoria game then ended 3-2 for Inter, and it is also the goal No. 200 in various championships. On November 3, scored double goals in the match against Juventus at the Juventus Stadium, won 1-3 by the visiting team. Back to score 9 December 2-1 in Napoli. On this occasion also touches on the 100 wins out of 197 games played in Italy between Genoa and Inter. With 28 goals Milito is also the player with the most goals scored in Serie A during calendar year 2012 before Edinson Cavani (27 ) and Antonio Di Natale (23). Tied injury in January, back on the field as a starter on Feb. 10 in the home win with Chievo Verona scoring a goal on an assist by Cambiasso. On February 14, in the match against Cluj valid for the first leg of the Europa League sixteenths, is injured at 7 'accusing the collateral ligament injury, anterior cruciate ligament and capsule in his left knee. It is feared the end of his football career , but two days later the Inter lets you know that the surgery has undergone a complete success, but the player will not return to the field before of six months.
International career 
Milito scored two goals on his international debut against Uruguay in 2003, but appeared only intermittently during the following years, and was omitted from the 2006 World Cup squad. He played for Argentina in the 2007 Copa América tournament, gaining playing time after Hernán Crespo's injury in a group stage match against Colombia and he was also included in Argentina's final 23 player roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He made his debut with the Argentine national team 31 January 2003 against Honduras, scoring on that occasion also his first goal with the Selección. Then it is convened only sporadically, so as to remain excluded from the list of the 23 participating in the 2006 world championship. Find a small space also at the Copa América 2007 event in which Argentina reach the final, losing to Brazil. In the tournament collects two presences, entering during the match against Peru and Colombia. Just against Colombia marks his only goal in the competition. The performance with the Genoa led him to be called more often, especially since the national team is led by Diego Armando Maradona: Milito often part of the bench, to take over a game in progress. After his first season with Inter, Maradona inserts it into the squad for the South African World Cup of 2010, in which he takes part in two games without realizing goals, Argentina will be eliminated from the World Cup quarter-final. On 1 June 2011 is inserted from C.T. Batista in the list of 26 pre-man squad ahead of the Copa America in July with his brother Gabi and fellow Javier Zanetti and Cambiasso, being confirmed, then, in the squad of 23 players. Eventually, however, will not play any of the games of the competition.
Personal life 
Diego is married to Sofia and they have two children. He also holds an Italian passport, due to his Italian ancestry from Terranova da Sibari (CS), in Calabria, where his grandparents Salvatore Milito and Caterina Borrelli emigrated from. He is the older brother of former football player Gabriel who last played football for Independiente before retiring.
Career statistics 
- As of 10 February 2013
National team 
|Argentina national team|
International goals 
|1.||31 January 2003||Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras||Honduras||1 – 0||3–1||Friendly|
|2.||16 July 2003||Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, La Plata, Argentina||Uruguay||1 – 0||2–2||Friendly|
|3.||16 July 2003||Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, La Plata, Argentina||Uruguay||2 – 0||2–2||Friendly|
|4.||2 July 2007||Estadio José Pachencho Romero, Maracaibo, Venezuela||Colombia||4 – 2||4–2||2007 Copa América|
- Racing Club
- Serie A (1): 2009–10
- Coppa Italia (2): 2009– 10, 2010–11
- Supercoppa Italiana (1): 2010
- UEFA Champions League (1): 2010
- FIFA Club World Cup (1): 2010
- Guerin d'Oro (1): 2008–09
- 2010 UEFA Champions League Final: UEFA Man of the Match
- UEFA Club Forward of the Year (1): 2009–10
- UEFA Club Footballer of the Year (1): 2009–10
- Serie A Footballer of the Year (1): 2009–10
- Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year (1): 2009–10
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- Argentina en las Eliminatorias 2003–2005
- The Milito Clan
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