Celso Ayala

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Ayala and the second or maternal family name is Gavilán.
Celso Ayala
Personal information
Full name Celso Rafael Ayala Gavilán
Date of birth (1970-08-20) 20 August 1970 (age 44)
Place of birth Asunción, Paraguay
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1994 Olimpia Asunción ? (?)
1994 Rosario Central 15 (0)
1995–1998 River Plate 140 (8)
1998–1999 Betis 17 (1)
1999–2000 Atlético Madrid 19 (1)
2000 São Paulo 8 (0)
2001–2005 River Plate 60 (3)
2006 Colo-Colo 6 (0)
National team
1992 Paraguay U23
1993–2003 Paraguay 85 (6)
Teams managed
2012 Carapeguá
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Celso Rafael Ayala Gavilán (locally: [ˈselso rafaˈel aˈʝala ɣaβiˈlan]; born 20 August 1970 in Asunción, Paraguay) is a retired Paraguayan football defender.

With 85 caps and 6 goals, he is one of the most capped players in the Paraguayan national team.[1] Ayala became a key player in Paraguay's outstanding defensive line in the 1990s, along with fellow defenders Francisco Arce and Carlos Gamarra. His characteristics were leadership in the field, good positioning and superb tackling and heading skills. Ayala made his international debut for the Paraguay national football team on 3 March 1993 in the Copa Paz de Chico match against Bolivia (1-0 win) as a substitute.

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