Caballero playing for Málaga in 2011
|Full name||Wilfredo Daniel Caballero Lazcano|
|Date of birth||28 September 1981|
|Place of birth||Santa Elena, Argentina|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|2006||→ Arsenal Sarandí (loan)||13||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
|Olympic medal record|
Born in Santa Elena, Entre Ríos, Caballero started his playing career with Boca Juniors in 2001, where he won three major titles in 2003. On 14 December of that year he witnessed – from the bench – his team beat A.C. Milan 3–1 on penalties, in the 2003 Intercontinental Cup.
Caballero joined Elche CF of Spain in 2004, and had a brief loan spell back in his country with Arsenal de Sarandí in 2006. With the former, after a rough first season, he went on to become the undisputed starter, appearing in nearly 200 Segunda División games.
On 10 February 2011, Caballero was transferred to Málaga CF in La Liga for €900,000 and two 1/2 years, as an emergency transfer – after the 31 January transfer deadline – due to a serious knee injury to Sergio Asenjo (the club's previous starter, Rubén, was also unavailable due to physical problems); he made his league debut on the 20th, starting in a 1–1 draw at Villarreal CF, and played all the matches until the end of the campaign, with the Andalusians finally escaping relegation.
On 1 October 2011, Caballero entered Málaga's history books as he kept his goal clean for 480 minutes, beating the club's previous record of 429 held by Pedro Contreras since the 2001–02 season. On 16 October he was sent off midway through the first half of an away fixture against Levante UD, after touching the ball with his hands just outside the box – the hosts eventually won it 3–0.
On 18 January 2012, Caballero signed a contract extension, tying him to the club until 2016. On 25 March, playing against RCD Espanyol, he fractured his left hand early into the game, being sidelined for the rest of the season.
Caballero returned to full fitness for 2012–13, featuring in all but two games and helping the Boquerones to the sixth position. Goal.com named him as the best player in his position for the campaign.
On 8 July 2014, Caballero signed a three-year deal with Manchester City, the fee which is believed to be in the sum of £6 million British pounds, is the equivalent of 8 million euros, excluding add-ons. Here, Willy would reunite with former manager Manuel Pellegrini with whom he'd previously worked under at Málaga CF.
- Boca Juniors
- Official: Malaga sign Willy Caballero from Elche; Goal.com, 11 February 2011
- Villarreal left disappointed again; ESPN Soccernet, 20 February 2011
- Levante go second; ESPN Soccernet, 16 October 2011
- Willy Caballero amplía su vinculación con el Málaga Club de Fútbol hasta la temporada 2015–2016 (Willy Caballero extends Málaga Club de Fútbol link until 2015–2016 season); Málaga's official website, 18 January 2012 (Spanish)
- Caballero se operará de la fractura en su mano (Caballero to undergo hand fracture surgery); Marca, 27 March 2012 (Spanish)
- La Liga Team of the Season: Messi, Ronaldo & Falcao make up all-star front line; Goal.com, 14 May 2013
- "Willy Caballero: Man City sign Malaga goalkeeper for £6m". BBC Sport. 8 July 2014. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
- Willy Caballero – FIFA competition record
- Málaga official profile (English)
- Argentine League statistics (Spanish)
- Statistics at Irish Times
- BDFutbol profile
- Futbolme profile (Spanish)
- Soccerway profile