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Gabriel Milito

Gabriel Alejandro Milito (born 7 September 1980) is an Argentina Association football who plays for FC Barcelona in La Liga, as a Defender (association football) Centre back.

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Gabriel Milito biography

Gabriel Alejandro Milito (born 7 September 1980) is an Argentina Association football who plays for FC Barcelona in La Liga, as a Defender (association football) Centre back.

Gabriel Milito spent most of Gabriel Milito professional career in Spain, representing two different teams, also representing the Argentina national football team in three major tournaments, including the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Club career

Born in Bernal, Argentina, Buenos Aires Province, Milito started playing professionally with Argentine Primera División side Club Atlético Independiente in 1997. During that time, Gabriel Milito often faced Gabriel Milito older brother Diego Milito, who played for Independiente's arch-rivals Racing Club de Avellaneda.

In July 2003, Milito was due to be transferred to Real Madrid C.F., but the Spain 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. Milito decided to stay in Spain and signed for Real Zaragoza.

In Gabriel Milito 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 Euro20.5million (Pound sign13.9 million) and on 19 July, Milito passed Gabriel Milito medical and signed a four-year deal with the club, worth €4 million (£2.7 million) a year. Gabriel Milito was given the number 3 shirt, which was formerly worn by Thiago Motta.

Milito made Gabriel Milito competitive debut for Barcelona on 2 September 2007 in a game against Athletic Bilbao. Gabriel Milito scored Gabriel Milito first competitive goal for the Catalonia on 24 November, in a league match against Recreativo de Huelva.

On 5 May 2008, it was announced that Milito had damage to the anterior cruciate ligament in Gabriel Milito right knee; this rendered Gabriel Milito ineligible for the entire 2008–09 La Liga, which ended in a Treble (association football).

After being sidelined for almost two years (602 days), Milito finally returned to action when Gabriel Milito played in a Exhibition game against Kazma Sporting Club in Kuwait. On January 5, 2010, Gabriel Milito made Gabriel Milito return to competitive football, appearing in the 2009–10 Copa del Rey of 2009–10 La Liga's Copa del Rey, a 1–2 home loss against Sevilla FC; five days later, Gabriel Milito reappeared in the domestic league, replacing Carles Puyol for the final seven minutes of the 5–0 win at CD Tenerife.

On 11 November 2010, Milito contributed with one goal to Barcelona's 5–1 home win against AD Ceuta in the 2010–11 Copa del Rey (7–1 on aggregate), but had to leave the game injured.

International career

With the Argentine national football 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 Gabriel Milito only appearance, the first-round match against the Netherlands national football team, which ended in a 0–0 draw.

On 20 August 2010, national team coach Sergio Batista recalled Milito for a friendly with Spain national football team, the player's first international appearance in more than three years.

International goals


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