The contribution made by Diego Milito to Racing Club’s recent history cannot be understated and so on Saturday afternoon, teammates from the two championship winning sides, from Inter Milan and Argentina gathered with supporters to give thanks to El Príncipe.
The 37-year-old retired with the club last season after a glittering career that started and ended with league titles at Racing but included a historic Champions League win with Inter Milan.
Players from all three of those trophy winning sides turned out on Saturday – Francesco Toldo, Walter Samuel, Nico Burdisso, Javier Zanetti, Roberto Ayala, Iván Córdoba, Maxi Rodríguez, Rodrigo De Paul, Lisandro López, Leonardo Ponzio, Andrés D’Alessandro and coaches Mostaza Merlo and Diego Cocca.
Brother Gabi, whose affiliation is with rivals Independiente, was given a special welcome by the Racing supporters.
Diego Milito scored for the 2001 Racing side with a cheeky Cruyff penalty after José Chatruc passed the ball to slot past Toldo and amid all the changes there were further goals by Maxi Rodríguez and another for Milito.
The final goal was reserved for Milito’s young son Leandro, who scored from the penalty spot.
An emotional Diego told supporters, “I’m going with my dream realised, which is to go with this shirt.”