|Full name||Marcelo Daniel Gallardo|
|Date of birth||18 January 1976|
|Place of birth||Merlo, Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Height||1.89 m (6 ft 2 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|2010–2011||Nacional de Montevideo||12||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 June 2011 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Marcelo Daniel Gallardo (born 18 January 1976 in Merlo, Buenos Aires) is a former Argentine footballer who was also the manager for Nacional de Uruguay. He was an attacking midfielder in the role of playmaker.
Nicknamed El Muñeco (the doll) due to his small frame (169 cm, 70 kg), Gallardo started his football career back in 1992-93 season with River Plate and won 4 Argentinian Torneo de Apertura (93, 94, 96 and 97), 1 Argentinian Torneo de Clausura (1997) and 1 Copa Libertadores (1996).
His initial spell with los millonarios lasted until season 1998-99; by then he had played 109 league games for them and scored 18 goals.
As a team containing many big-name players such as Marco Simone, Fabien Barthez, Willy Sagnol, Martin Djetou, Pablo Contreras, Ludovic Giuly, Philippe Christanval, Rafael Márquez, Sabri Lamouchi, David Trezeguet, and John Arne Riise, Monaco enjoyed their success domestically and it was evident Gallardo was one of the star players, having won the French League Footballer of the Year that year.
However in his third season, things did not go well off the pitch for Gallardo as he was not in good terms with his coach Didier Deschamps after being named on the bench midway through 2000-01 season. Following the examples of Panucci and Simone, Gallardo decided to leave Monaco at the end of the season.
Back to Argentina
Back to France
Marcello Gallardo was bought by the Parisian club PSG for an undisclosed fee in January 2007. Paris Saint-Germain signed a two year contract with Marcelo and made his debut in a 3-0 cup win against Nîmes on 7 January.
Major League Soccer with D.C. United
On 29 January 2008 Gallardo was presented as the newest member of D.C. United. With a 2008 salary of $1.87 million, Gallardo is the highest-paid player in United history and its first Designated Player. Gallardo has the third-largest salary in MLS for 2008, behind English midfielder David Beckham of the Los Angeles Galaxy ($6.5 million guaranteed) and Mexican forward Cuauhtémoc Blanco of the Chicago Fire ($2.67 million). He scored his first league goal for United on 5 April 2008 against Toronto FC. On 17 and 19 July Gallardo underwent surgery for a sports hernia. In February 2009 he left D.C. United and returned for the third time to his old club River Plate.
Nacional and new career as a manager
In 2010 he signed at Nacional de Montevideo in the Uruguayan League. On 12 June 2011, Gallardo played his last match winning the Uruguay Tournament making him one of the few players to win a championship or a league in every team that he played. He retired as a player, and was hired a few days later as new manager of Nacional, his first job as a football manager. He won the 2011/2012 championship and left the club. He was assisted by Matías Biscay, Pablo Rodríguez and professor Marcelo Tulbovitz during his time at Nacional Montevideo.
He tends to play as a central playmaker. He is well known for his free kicks and corners. He is also skillful in confrontation and possesses an intelligent footballing brain although he is best known for his defense splitting passes.
National team statistics
|Argentina national team|
|Competitor for Argentina|
|Silver||1996 Atlanta||Team Competition|
|Pan American Games|
|Gold||1995 Mar del Plata||Team Competition|
As a Player
- Primera División Argentina (1993A, 1994A, 1996A, 1997C, 1997A, 2004C)
- Copa Libertadores (1996)
- Supercopa Sudamericana (1997)
- With AS Monaco FC
- With Paris Saint-Germain
- Coupe de la Ligue (2008)
- With D.C. United
- U.S. Open Cup (2009)
- Uruguayan Primera División (2010–11)
As a Coach
- Uruguayan Primera División (2011-2012)
|Chosen as the best young player in Torneo Apertura of Argentina||1993|
|Chosen as the best young player in Torneo Clausura of Argentina||1994|
|Chosen as the best player in Torneo Clausura of Argentina||1994|
|Chosen as the best player in Torneo Apertura of Argentina||1994|
|Chosen as the best player in Torneo Clausura of Argentina||1995|
|Chosen as the best player in Torneo Clausura of Argentina||1996|
|Chosen as the best player in Torneo Apertura of Argentina||1997|
|Chosen as the best player in the French League||2000|
- Marcelo Gallardo – FIFA competition record
- Marcelo Gallardo at National-Football-Teams.com
- Statistics at Irish Times
- Argentine Primera statistics