Argentina central defender Gabriel Milito said it was "a privilege" to sign for "the best club in the world" after being officially unveiled at FC Barcelona this afternoon.
Argentina central defender Gabriel Milito said it was "a privilege" to sign for FC Barcelona after being officially unveiled at Camp Nou this afternoon.
'The best club in the world'
The 26-year-old, who has been on Copa América duty with Argentina, signed a four-year contract after joining from Real Zaragoza for a fee of approximately €17m. "I'm very happy to be here," he said. "It's a privilege to be here because I think Barcelona are the best club in the world. I have dreamt of this moment for a long time."
Milito won his 26th cap for Argentina in their 3-0 Copa América final defeat against Brazil on Sunday. He started his career in his homeland with CA Independiente before joining Zaragoza in the summer of 2003. "This is the best moment of my career since I joined Real Zaragoza four seasons ago," he said. "Now I have to prove I can live up to Barça's expectations."
The central defender was the fourth big name to join Frank Rijkaard's team this summer, following Thierry Henry, Yaya Touré and Eric Abidal. He scored five times in 139 Primera División matches for Zaragoza, helping the club earn a place in the 2007/08 UEFA Cup first round. He was also part of the side that won the 2004 Copa del Rey, beating Barça in the quarter-finals.