Milito playing for Argentina in 2011
|Full name||Gabriel Alejandro Milito|
|Date of birth||7 September 1980|
|Place of birth||Bernal, Argentina|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Early years / Zaragoza
Born in Bernal, Buenos Aires Province, Milito started playing professionally with first division side Club Atlético Independiente in 1997. During that time, he often faced his older brother Diego, who played for Independiente's arch-rivals Racing Club de Avellaneda.
In July 2003 Milito was due to be transferred to Real Madrid, but the Spanish team rejected the player after medical results showed, according to the club, a not-fully-recovered knee injury. To many, it was a political move against Madrid's football director Jorge Valdano, who wanted the player on the team – he decided to stay in the country and signed for Real Zaragoza.
In his four seasons with the Aragonese side, Milito was an automatic first-choice (never played in less than 33 La Liga matches), and rejoined brother Diego in 2005. On 10 July 2007, Zaragoza reached a transfer agreement with FC Barcelona for €18.5million (£13.9 million) and, the following week, he passed his medical and signed a four-year deal with the club, worth €4 million (£2.7 million) a year; he was given the number 3 shirt, which was formerly worn by Thiago Motta.
Milito made his competitive debut for Barcelona on 2 September 2007 in a game against Athletic Bilbao. He scored his first competitive goal for the Catalans on 24 November, in a league match against Recreativo de Huelva.
After being sidelined for almost two years (602 days), Milito finally returned to action when he played in a friendly against Kazma Sporting Club in Kuwait. On 5 January 2010, he made his return to competitive football, appearing in the first leg of the season's Copa del Rey, a 1–2 home loss against Sevilla FC; five days later, he reappeared in the domestic league, replacing Carles Puyol for the final seven minutes of the 5–0 win over CD Tenerife.
On 11 November 2010, Milito contributed with one goal to Barcelona's 5–1 home win against AD Ceuta for the domestic cup (7–1 on aggregate), but had to leave the game injured. On 30 April 2011, starting in a league match at Real Sociedad, he had a goal wrongfully ruled out for offside with the score at 1–1, as the hosts went on to win it 2–1. As a result of his offensive action he also tore a calf muscle, being sidelined for the rest of the season and contributing with ten appearances for the eventual champions.
Return to Independiente / Retirement
In early August 2011, 30-year-old Milito was released from the last year of his contract with Barcelona, and signed shortly after with former team Independiente, despite of the rumours about his signing with Arsenal F.C.. On 12 June 2012, he announced his retirement due to being mentally and physically exhausted.
With the Argentine national team, Milito participated in the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup and was part of the squad which qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, performing well in his only appearance, the first-round match against the Netherlands which ended in a 0–0 draw.
|1||16 October 2007||Estadio José Pachencho Romero, Maracaibo, Venezuela||Venezuela||0–1||0–2||2010 World Cup qualification|
- UEFA Champions League: 2010–11
- FIFA Club World Cup: 2009
- Spanish League: 2009–10, 2010–11
- Spanish Cup: Runner-up 2010–11
- Spanish Supercup: 2009, 2010
|Argentina national team|
- Milito makes for Madrid; UEFA.com, 8 July 2003
- Madrid cancel Milito signing; UEFA.com, 22 July 2003
- Milito taken on by Zaragoza; UEFA.com, 24 July 2003
- Milito honoured to sign for Barça; UEFA.com, 19 July 2007
- Barcelona 3–1 Athletic Bilbao; ESPN Soccernet, 2 September 2007
- Barcelona 3–0 Recreativo Huelva; ESPN Soccernet, 24 November 2007
- Barcelona's Milito faces lengthy lay-off; UEFA.com, 5 May 2008
- "Barcelona's Gabriel Milito returns to action...602 days tater". Goal.com. 22 December 2009. Retrieved 22 December 2009.
- Barcelona 5–1 Ceuta; ESPN Soccernet, 10 November 2010
- Sociedad surprise Barca with defeat; ESPN Soccernet, 30 April 2011
- Milito, Montoya out for six weeks; FIFA.com, 1 May 2011
- Milito allowed to leave; Barcelona's official website, 4 August 2011
- Gaby Milito anunció su retiro del fútbol: "Estoy agotado física y mentalmente" (Gaby Milito announced retirement: "I'm worn out physically and mentally"); Play Futbol, 12 June 2012 (Spanish)
- FC Barcelona profile
- BDFutbol profile
- Gabriel Milito at National-Football-Teams.com
- Guardian Stats Centre