Míchel Salgado

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Míchel Salgado
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Salgado with Blackburn Rovers in 2011
Personal information
Full name Miguel Ángel Salgado Fernández
Date of birth (1975-10-22) 22 October 1975 (age 38)
Place of birth As Neves, Spain
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Right back
Youth career
Cristo Victoria
Celta
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1995 Celta B 20 (0)
1995–1999 Celta 92 (3)
1996–1997 Salamanca (loan) 36 (1)
1999–2009 Real Madrid 254 (4)
2009–2012 Blackburn Rovers 66 (0)
Total 468 (8)
National team
1994 Spain U18 7 (0)
1995 Spain U19 2 (0)
1995 Spain U20 5 (1)
1996–1998 Spain U21 10 (0)
1998–2006 Spain 53 (0)
2005 Galicia 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Miguel Ángel "Míchel" Salgado Fernández (born 22 October 1975) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a right back.

Nicknamed Il Due[1] (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."[2] 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.

Club career[edit]

Celta[edit]

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.[3][4][5]

Real Madrid[edit]

In 1999 Salgado was purchased by Real Madrid for 11,000,000,[3] 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.

Real Madrid fans show their appreciation of Salgado's ten years service to the club.

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.

Salgado was released by Real Madrid with the club already midway in its pre-season for the 2009–10 season, in early August 2009.[6]

Blackburn Rovers[edit]

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.[7][8]

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.

On 27 January 2011, 35-year-old Salgado agreed a contract extension at Blackburn.[9] He was first-choice for the first games in the 2011–12 season, until picking up an injury.[10][11]

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.[12]

International career[edit]

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.

Due to last-minute injuries, he missed out on the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004.[13] Salgado also represented the Galicia official football team.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Real Madrid

Country[edit]

Spain U21

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
1994/95 Celta La Liga 14 0 14 0
1995/96 18 0 18 0
1996/97 Salamanca Segunda División 36 1 36 1
1997/98 Celta La Liga 25 0 25 0
1998/99 35 3 35 3
1999/00 1 0 1 0
1999/00 Real Madrid La Liga 29 0 0 0 - 17 0 46 0
2000/01 27 1 0 0 - 11 0 38 1
2001/02 35 0 1 0 - 14 0 50 0
2002/03 35 0 0 0 - 16 1 51 1
2003/04 35 1 1 0 - 10 0 46 1
2004/05 28 2 0 0 - 9 0 37 2
2005/06 27 0 1 0 - 5 0 33 0
2006/07 16 0 0 0 - 1 0 17 0
2007/08 8 0 3 0 - 2 0 13 0
2008/09 9 0 0 0 - 1 0 10 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2009/10 Blackburn Premier League 21 0 1 0 4 1 - 26 1
2010/11 36 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 38 0
2011/12 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Country Spain 378 8 7 0 - 86 1 470 9
England 66 0 3 0 4 1 - 73 1
Total 444 8 10 0 4 1 86 1 543 10

International[edit]

Spain
Year Apps Goals
1998 3 0
1999 9 0
2000 5 0
2001 0 0
2002 5 0
2003 10 0
2004 8 0
2005 8 0
2006 5 0
Total 53 0

Personal life[edit]

Salgado is married to Malula Sanz, daughter of former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz.[14]

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