Salgado with Blackburn Rovers in 2011
|Full name||Miguel Ángel Salgado Fernández|
|Date of birth||22 October 1975|
|Place of birth||As Neves, Spain|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Right back|
|1996–1997||→ Salamanca (loan)||36||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Nicknamed Il Due (two in Italian), he was known for his combative tackling and attacking play. Attesting to his aggressive style, Salgado's former Real Madrid teammate Steve McManaman – where he spent an entire decade, after excellent displays at Celta – once described him as "the hardest person in the world....a genuine psychopath, even in training." He also played three seasons in England with Blackburn Rovers.
During nearly ten years Salgado – who appeared in 343 La Liga games, scoring seven goals – represented the Spanish national team, collecting more than 50 caps and appearing in one World Cup and one European Championship.
Born in As Neves, Pontevedra, Galicia, Salgado began his professional career with hometown's Celta de Vigo, making his La Liga debut on 22 January 1995 in a 0–4 away loss against Real Madrid. He served a Segunda División loan spell at UD Salamanca, before eventually becoming first-choice.
Whilst at Celta, Salgado was involved in an incident with Atlético Madrid's Juninho Paulista in February 1998: after a dangerous challenge the Brazilian was sidelined for six months, and missed that year's FIFA World Cup.
In 1999 Salgado was purchased by Real Madrid for €11,000,000, appearing in 29 league games in his first season, while also helping the club win the season's UEFA Champions League. He was the capital side's starter during his first seven seasons, but was relegated to the bench by former Sevilla FC youngster Sergio Ramos in the 2006–07 season.
Salgado was still able to contribute with 16 matches for the merengues' 30th national title, mainly due to injuries to Pepe, with Ramos being relocated to centre back. In the following two seasons, he played very rarely (only 17 contests combined), being sent off in the final game of the 2008–09 season, a 1–2 loss at CA Osasuna on 31 May 2009, as Madrid slumped to a fifth consecutive league defeat.
Aged nearly 34, Salgado moved to Blackburn Rovers of the Premier League on 19 August 2009, signing a two-year deal after impressing manager Sam Allardyce whilst on trial at the Ewood Park club. He went on to say he was happy to be playing for Blackburn, intending to retire at the club.
Salgado made his first-team debut against Wolverhampton Wanderers as a second-half substitute, on 12 September (3–1 home win). On 27 October 2009 he scored his first goal for Rovers, against Peterborough United in the season's Football League Cup.
Blackburn manager Steve Kean revealed in December 2011 that Salgado was being omitted from the squad as his contract stated that the player was entitled to a new deal if he played nine more games in the season, the club not being able to afford fresh terms.
Salgado won the first of his 53 caps for Spain on 5 September 1998, in an infamous 2–3 loss in Cyprus for the UEFA Euro 2000 qualifiers, and was part of the nation's squads at Euro 2000 and the 2006 FIFA World Cup, starting in the former and being backup in the latter to Real Madrid teammate Ramos.
- Real Madrid
- Intercontinental Cup: 2002
- UEFA Champions League: 1999–2000, 2001–02
- UEFA Super Cup: 2002
- La Liga: 2000–01, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08
- Supercopa de España: 2001, 2003, 2008
- Spain U21
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Spain||League||Copa del Rey||Copa de la Liga||Europe||Total|
|1999/00||Real Madrid||La Liga||29||0||0||0||-||17||0||46||0|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
- Diez años de Il Due (Ten years of Il Due); El Mundo, 22 January 2005 (Spanish)
- 10 things you didn't know about Miguel Salgado
- Euro 2000 profile
- Juninho, roto – Una fractura de peroné le aparta del Atlético y casi seguro del Mundial (Juninho, torn – A fibula fracture sidelines him from Atlético and almost certainly from World Cup); El Mundo, 2 February 1998 (Spanish)
- El Celta exige para Míchel Salgado el beneficio de la duda (Celta wants benefit of doubt for Míchel Salgado); El Mundo, 19 February 1998 (Spanish)
- "Official announcement". Real Madrid. 4 August 2009. Retrieved 4 August 2009.
- Salgado signs, Blackburn Rovers' official website
- "Salgado set for Blackburn Rovers". Blackburn Citizen. 19 August 2009. Retrieved 19 August 2009.
- "Salgado happy to extend his Blackburn deal". Football Press. 28 January 2011. Retrieved 16 June 2011.
- "Blackburn v Tottenham: Hamstrung Salgado to be replaced by Lowe". Daily Mail. 21 October 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
- "Grella, Nelsen still sidelined for Blackburn Rovers". Tribal Football. 21 October 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
- "Salgado 'frozen out'". Sky Sports. 20 December 2011. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
- Goodbye pharoes, hello Faro; UEFA.com, 12 June 2004
- Míchel Salgado and Malula Sanz esperan su tercer hijo (Míchel Salgado and Malula Sanz await third child) (Spanish)
- BDFutbol profile
- Real Madrid biography (Spanish)
- Míchel Salgado career stats at Soccerbase
- Míchel Salgado at National-Football-Teams.com
- Míchel Salgado – FIFA competition record