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|Full name||Darío Javier Franco Gatti|
|Date of birth||17 January 1969|
|Place of birth||Cruz Alta, Argentina|
|Height||1.89 m (6 ft 2 1⁄2 in)|
|Newell's Old Boys|
|1987–1991||Newell's Old Boys||100||(4)|
|2010–2011||San Martín de San Juan|
|2011–2012||Instituto de Córdoba|
|2013||Universidad de Chile|
|2014–2015||Defensa y Justicia|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Franco made his football debut in his native country, briefly playing with Newell's Old Boys before joining Spain's Real Zaragoza. He arrived in Mexico in 1995 to play for Atlas. After three years with the club, he was transferred to Monarcas Morelia, where he won the 2000 championship.
He played also for Argentina's national team, and scored two goals in the 1991 Copa América, which Argentina won. In the 1993 edition he was selected to replace the banned Claudio Caniggia, but was seriously injured in Argentina's first match.
After his playing career ended, Franco became the manager of Tecos UAG. The president of the club fired him on Saturday August 18, 2007 after Tecos lost 4-1 to Pachuca in their first game of the season and were then beaten 3-0 by Atlante F.C. in their third game. The only point he earned came from a 0-0 draw against Chivas de Guadalajara in the second game.
- Darío Franco Liga MX stats at Medio Tiempo.com (Spanish)
- Darío Franco at National-Football-Teams.com
- (Spanish) Club Atlético Monarcas
- Profile at LFP.es