César Delgado

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César Delgado
Chelito Delgado.jpg
Delgado playing for Monterrey in 2012
Personal information
Full name César Fabián Delgado Godoy
Date of birth (1981-08-18) 18 August 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Rosario, Argentina
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Winger, Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 19
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 Rosario Central 65 (14)
2003–2008 Cruz Azul 151 (61)
2008–2011 Lyon 72 (7)
2011– Monterrey 104 (22)
National team
2004 Argentina U-23 13 (3)
2003–2005 Argentina 20 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 May 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

César Fabián Delgado Godoy (born 18 August 1981 in Rosario) is an Argentine footballer. He plays for Monterrey. His nickname "El Chelito" is derived from that of Marcelo Delgado (known as "El Chelo") because of their same last name. He also holds Mexican citizenship.[1]

Club career[edit]

Delgado started his career in Rosario Central.

Delgado joined Cruz Azul for the 2003 Apertura, where he finished with 16 appearances and eight goals. Delgado made 21 appearances in the subsequent Apertura, again notching eight goals. In the 2004 Apertura, Delgado scored another six goals in 15 games. On 8 January 2008 he was sold to French giants Lyon for 11,000,000 euros.[2] Delgado made his Ligue 1 debut on 20 January 2008 against RC Lens. Delgado came on as an 85th minute substitute for Lyon teammate Lisandro Lopez on 21 October 2009 against Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League group stage week 3 match and scored an important 90th minute winner after only being on the pitch for 5 minutes to help his team comeback from a goal down and settle the score at 2–1 to Lyon. This is an important moment for him and his team because this was Lyon's first win in the UEFA Champions League against English opposition.

On 10 June 2011, Delgado was sold to CF Monterrey, and participated in the 2011 Mexican League Apertura, CONCACAF Champions League and Club World Cup tournaments.

International career[edit]

Delgado played several matches for the Argentina national football team during its 2006 World Cup Qualifying campaign. However, due to injury Delgado did not make the 23-man roster for the 2006 World Cup. "El Chelito" also played for the team in the Copa América 2004, scoring one goal, and was part of the gold medal winning Argentinian team at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Career statistics[edit]

Season Club Country Competition Matches Goals
2001–2002 Rosario Central  Argentina Primera División Argentina 27 3
2002–2003 Rosario Central  Argentina Primera División Argentina 38 11
2003–2004 Cruz Azul  Mexico Primera División de México 37(29) 16(13)
2004–2005 Cruz Azul  Mexico Primera División de México 33(29) 16(14)
2005–2006 Cruz Azul  Mexico Primera División de México 38(32) 18(18)
2006–2007 Cruz Azul  Mexico Primera División de México 27(25) 7(7)
2007–2008 Cruz Azul  Mexico Primera División de México 24 9
2007–2008 Lyon  France Ligue 1 7 0
2008–2009 Lyon  France Ligue 1 31(19) 3(2)
2009–2010 Lyon  France Ligue 1 36(27) 5(4)
2010–2011 Lyon  France Ligue 1 15 1
2011–2012 CF Monterrey  Mexico Primera División de México 69 15
Total 337 91

National team statistics[edit]

Argentina national team
Year Apps Goals
2003 5 1
2004 11 1
2005 4 0
Total 20 2


Olympique Lyonnais
Cruz Azul


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