Gonzalo Higuain's retirement, teams played for, career achievements, career stats, age, net worth

Gonzalo Higuain's retirement, teams played for, career achievements, career stats, age, net worth

Helix Odhiambo
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:14 PM

The Argentine legend broke down in tears after playing his last football match on 18th October 2022. He enjoyed great spells with Real Madrid, Napoli, Chelsea, and Juventus. Gonzalo Higuain's retirement comes barely a month before Qatar's 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Gonzalo Higuain's age
Inter Miami's Gonzalo Higuain is in tears after playing his last football match at Citi Field on 17th October 2022, in New York City. Photo: Ira L. Black (modified by author)
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Higuain played for seven clubs in his senior career and the Argentina national football team. He scored over 300 goals and lifted dozens of trophies. This article recounts Gonzalo Higuain's career achievements, journey, and other personal details.

Gonzalo Higuain's profile

Full name

Gonzalo Gerardo Higuain


El Pipita

Date of birth

10 December 1987


Brest, France




89 Kg


1.86 m


Professional footballer



Jersey Number


Professional debut



October 2022


Jorge Higuain, Nancy Zacarías


Nicolás, Federico, Lautaro Higuain


Lara Weschler



Net worth

$16 Million

Social media



Gonzalo Higuain's age is 34 (as of October 2022). He was born in Brest, France, to Jorge Higuain and Nancy Zacarías. The former Inter Miami forward was raised alongside his three brothers, Nicolás, Federico, and Lautaro. He has Argentine and French passports but does not speak French.

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His father, Jorge, is a former River Plate central defender. Sadly, their mother, Zacarias, passed away in April 2021, aged 64, while battling cancer. Jorge began his career in Neuva Chicago before moving to Gimnasia La Plata in 1981. He also played for San Lorenzo and Boca Juniors, then moved to Stade Brestois, France, in 1987.

Who is Higuain's brother?

Higuain's brother
Gonzalo Higuain (9) and his elder brother Federico Higuain of Inter Miami celebrate after Higuain's goal against FC Cincinnati on 23rd October 2021, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Photo: Michael Reaves
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Higuain also played with his elder brother, Federico, at Inter Miami in 2021. In April 2021, Federico made history after assisting the former Juventus star in scoring in an MLS match. He retired in February 2022 to focus on coaching. Meanwhile, Nicolas is believed to be the agent of Federico and Lautaro, who is also a footballer.

Why is Higuain called Pipita?

Pipita means "The Pipe." His father, Jorge, was called El Pipita because of his pointy nose and facial features. Higuain got the name because of the resemblance to his father. He was considered his father's heir.

Gonzalo Higuain's wife

The former striker is married to an Argentine designer, Lara Weschler. They reportedly had a secret wedding in October 2021, attended by family and close friends. Weschler and her husband have a daughter called Alma. She was born on 21st May 2018, in Turin, Italy.

How tall is Gonzalo Higuain?

Pipita is 1.84 m tall. His height has helped him win aerial duels and score beautiful headers. He is also 89 kg and has black eyes and brown hair.

Gonzalo Higuain's career stats

Gonzalo Higuain's career stats
G. Higuain (C) of River Plate scores against Boca Juniors during the Torneo Apertura-2006 at the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires on 8th October 2006. Photo: Daniel Garcia
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What teams has Gonzalo Higuain played for? Pipita began his youth career with Club Palermo and River Plate. He spent most of his career in Europe, playing for Real Madrid, Napoli, Juventus, AC Milan, and Chelsea before moving to Inter Miami.





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River Plate

Higuain made his senior professional debut on 29th May 2005, for River Plate against Gimnasia y Esgrimala Plata. He scored crucial goals for the club, including a brace in their Argentine Super Clasico triumph.

Real Madrid

Teams Gonzalo Higuain played for
Gonzalo Higuain of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring against Real Zaragoza at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on 19th December 2009, in Madrid, Spain. Photo: Denis Doyle
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On 14th December 2006, he moved to Real Madrid, aged 19, for $12.8 million and signed a six-and-a-half-year contract. Gonzalo made his Real Madrid debut on 11th January 2007, against Real Betis in the Copa Del Rey match. He scored his first goal on 24th February 2007, in the derby against Atlético Madrid. Pipita spent six and a half seasons at the Bernabeu and won six trophies.


Gonzalo penned a five-year contract with Napoli in July 2013 after completing a $39.4 million move to the Italian club. He debuted for Naples on 25th August 2013, against Bologna in a Serie A match. So, how many goals did Higuain score for Napoli?

How many goals did Higuain score for Napoli?
Gonzalo Higuain of Napoli kicks the ball during their game against Hellas Verona FC at Stadio San Paolo on 16th December 2015, in Naples, Italy. Photo: Francesco Pecoraro
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Pipita bagged his first goal for the club a few days later in a 4-2 win over Chievo. On 14th May 2016, he scored a hat-trick against Frosinone, breaking Serie A's single-season record of 36 goals. He finished his Napoli career with 91 goals in 146 matches.


The Italian giants snatched Gonzalo from Napoli in July 2016 after paying around $88.7 million, making him one of the most expensive transfers in football history. His debut came against Fiorentina on 20th August 2016, where he also netted his first goal in their 2-1 win. Pipita won three Serie A titles and two Coppa Italia titles with Juve.

AC Milan

Pipita moved to AC Milan on a one-year loan deal for $17.7 million, following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus. He made 15 Serie A appearances for the Rossoneri, scoring six goals.


The Argentine joined the Blues on a half-season-long loan in January 2019. He made 14 Premier League appearances, scoring five goals. He then returned to Juventus and played in 32 league games, scoring eight times.

Inter Miami

Pipita terminated his contract at Juve and moved to MLS to join Inter Miami. A few weeks later, his older brother Federico joined him at the club. Gonzalo scored 29 goals in 70 matches for the MLS side before hanging his boots.

International career

Gonzalo Higuain's awards
Lionel Messi and teammate Gonzalo during their Copa America Centenario match against Chile at MetLife Stadium on 26th June 2016, in East Rutherford, New Jersey, US. Photo: Omar Vega
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The striker debuted for the Argentina national team on 10th October 2009, against Peru. He also played in three World Cups (2010, 2014, 2018). His strike against Belgium in the 2014 FIFA World Cup took Argentina to the semi-final. He was also part of the Argentine squad that lost the 2015 and 2016 Copa America finals to Chile.

Gonzalo Higuain's retirement

In March 2019, the striker announced his retirement from the national team. He finished with 31 goals in 75 matches to become Argentina's fifth-highest scorer in football history.

Gonzalo played his last match for Inter Miami on 18 October 2022, in a 3-0 defeat to New York City FC. The Argentine broke into tears as he brought down the curtains on a remarkable career journey.

Gonzalo Higuain's awards

Gonzalo Higuain's net worth
Juventus' forward G. Higuain kisses the Serie A trophy on 19th May 2018, at the Allianz Stadium in Turin. Juventus won their 34th Serie A title and seventh in succession. Photo: Andreas Solaro
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Pipita's career is loaded with awards and trophies. He is one of the most decorated Argentine footballers in history.

  • La Liga (2)
  • Copa del Rey (1)
  • Supercopa de España (2)
  • Coppa Italia (1)
  • Supercoppa Italiana (1)
  • Serie A (3)
  • Coppa Italia (2)
  • UEFA Europa League (1)
  • Serie A top scorer (2015-16)
  • Juventus MVP of the Year (2016-17, 2017-18)

Gonzalo Higuain's net worth

Gonzalo Higuain's career earnings and net worth make him one of the wealthiest strikers in football history. Pipita used to earn around $5.5 million annually. His estimated net worth is $16 Million.

What is next for Gonzalo Higuain?

After hanging his boots, the Argentine left many fans wondering about his next move. Although he is yet to reveal his plans, Gonzalo is probably going to be spending most of his time with his wife and daughter.

Gonzalo Higuain's retirement at 34 may have come by surprise to his fans, but his legacy and impact on the sport will live for years. He is one of the best number 9s of his generation.

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