Inter's Milito hoping to book a World Cup spot with Argentina
Milito has had a superlative season with Inter after signing for $31 million last May. He was among the top five Argentine transfers at the time, albeit in the shadow of fellow Inter acquisition
The productive 2009-2010 season is just a continuation of what Militio has done for the better part of a decade. A natural goal scorer, Milito started his professional career with Racing Club in Argentina in 1999. His younger brother,
The brothers got a taste of the downside of fame and fortune in 2002 when their father was kidnapped during a time when Argentine footballers and their families were targeted. Negotiating the ransom money themselves, the brothers achieved the feat of getting both clubs to issue a joint communiqué of support for the family -- enemies on the pitch, family first off it.
After five seasons with Racing, Diego moved to Europe to join Genoa in Italy, where his 33 goals in 59 games over two seasons helped the club gain promotion to the first division, only to remain relegated after a judicial hearing docked points over a match-fixing scandal. As a result, Diego left for Zaragoza in Spain, where his brother was playing, and again made his mark as a pure striker. He scored 23 goals in 2006-07, two fewer than Golden Boot winner
Milito returned to Genoa for the 2008-09 season after Zaragoza was relegated. According to his agent at the time,
Now himself with Inter, the 30-year-old Milito is in his prime, having scored once and recorded two assists against Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals and followed that up with what proved to be the game-winner in the Coppa Italia final.
But whereas his club record is impeccable, Milito is still pining for due recognition at the international level. His debut for Argentina came courtesy of then-manager
Being an outstanding forward from Argentina can be both a blessing and a curse. Traditionally, so many good players emerge at the position that the competition is fierce. In 2006,
Now, on the eve of manager
Many in Argentina believe Maradona has no possible argument for excluding Milito. But Maradona is a man whose mind works in mysterious ways. "I refuse to confirm anything [about the Inter players]," he said recently under persistent questioning from the press. "If [
There is no shortage of speculation as to Maradona's intentions, but as