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SATO 2009 Serie A Awards: Best New Player

Diego Alberto Milito actually has played in Italian football before just never on the Serie A level.  In 2004, Milito was a member of Genoa for two seasons.  During his time there Genoa was a Serie B squad and the forward from Argentina would score thirty-three goals for the club.  However Genoa was punished for violating the rules in a match fixing scandal and they were relegated to Serie C.  Following the incident, Milito was transferred over to Spain’s La Liga squad Real Zaragoza. 

While playing in Spain, Milito dominated scoring fifty-one goals in three seasons.  Milito was among the highest goal scorers each year and a contender for the Golden Boot Award.  The forward’s best match was probably when he scored four goals in a semi-final Copa del Rey match against Real Madrid.  Milito’s individual success was not enough to save Real Zaragoza though.  The club was relegated to the Segunda Division a season ago and the club transferred Milito back to his beloved old club at the end of the year. 

Milito’s presence in the Genoa lineup this season was critical to the club’s success.  The star forward scored twenty-four goals this season which tied him for second best in the entire league and one back from Golden Boot Winner Zlatan Ibrahimovic.   Milito also helped out the squad with seven assists this season.  Probably most impressive was the hot streak Milito had to end the year.  The Argentinean scored eight goals in the last five matches of the season.  With out a doubt Milito has earned the honor of best new Serie A player this season.