Gabriel Heinze wrapped his final home match in what was a 17-year career with a 4-2 win against recently relegated All Boys. "There's nothing left to say," said Heinze after the match. "I am just grateful of all the support the people have given me."
For the former Real Madrid and Manchester United defender it was a career that saw him win 11 trophies with various clubs and saw him play with Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi as well as Ronaldinho Gaúcho in his career.
This occured exactly on the day that Javier Zanetti called it a day as well in front of his fans at the Giuseppe Meazza.
"I put my heart and soul into it."- Gabriel Heinze
Heinze made his debut back in 1996 when he emerged at Newell's Old Boys. He would then be sent to Real Valladolid and things did not go very well. After a cameo in Portugal, he would end up at Paris- St. Germain where he would become a defensive stalwart and cup winner in 2003. Eventually he'd become the lynchpin for the Manchester United and Real Madrid defenses that ended up being key in league titles at those two sides.
He also enjoyed being part of being an Olympic gold medalist in Athens with the Albiceleste and scored a goal for Argentina in the 2010 World Cup. His goal was the difference maker in Argentina's 1-0 over Nigeria in Ellis Park in Johannesburg.
After playing a full season at AS Roma, Heinze returned to Argentina in 2012 to finish his career at the club that gave him start. In 2013, he would help Newell's win their first league title in nine years and also would end up heading to the semifinals of the Copa Libertadores for the first time in 20 years.
- 2003-04 Coupe de France
- 2003-04 League Cup
- 2006-07 Premier League
- 2007-08 League title
- 2008 Spanish Super Cup
- 2009-10 Ligue 1 title
- 2009-10, 2011-12 Coupe de la Ligue
Newell's Old Boys
- 2013 Torneo Final champs
- 2004 Olympic gold medal