Breaking news from the lower divisions: Instituto de Córdoba confirmed on Wednesday night that 37-year-old striker Daniel ‘Miliki‘ Jiménez has announced his retirement from professional football, and hopes to play his last match for La Gloria in the pre-season friendly against Racing on Wednesday 30th January. Jiménez isn’t well-known in the Anglophone world, of course, but has played for a number of big clubs in southern South America, and is a legend in cordobese football.
Jiménez made his debut at Huracán, and has also played in the Argentine descenso (lower leagues) for Los Andes, as well as having a short spell in Primera A with Atlético Rafaela. In between these and three separate spells at Instituto were seasons at Uruguayan giants Peñarol, 2003 Copa Libertadores winners Olimpia in Paraguay, and Venezuelan side Unión Maracaibo. His sole title was the 1999 B Nacional title, which he won with Instituto.
‘On Tuesday I went to train, but whilst the other boys were changing, I stayed sitting, still… and at that point I realised I no longer had the motivation to continue playing,’ Jiménez told Córdoba station Radio Impacto on Wednesday. ‘They know that if they need a hand, I’ll always be there,’ he later added, revealing that the club’s directors have offered him a coaching role. Should the chance arise, however, he’d prefer to take charge of Atlético de Rafaela, the partido of Gran Buenos Aires where he was born.