Diego Buonanotte

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Diego Buonanotte
Personal information
Full name Diego Mario Buonanotte Rende
Date of birth (1988-04-19) 19 April 1988 (age 27)
Place of birth Teodelina, Argentina
Height 1.58 m (5 ft 2 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder / Winger
Club information
Current team
AEK Athens
Number 30
Youth career
2001–2006 River Plate
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2011 River Plate 105 (25)
2011–2013 Málaga 49 (6)
2013–2015 Granada 39 (1)
2014 Pachuca (loan) 13 (2)
2015 Quilmes (loan) 12 (1)
2015– AEK Athens 12 (5)
National team
2008 Argentina U23 1 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:02, 29 November 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (goals)
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Buonanotte and the second or maternal family name is Rende.

Diego Mario Buonanotte Rende (born 19 April 1988), is an Argentine footballer who plays for the Greek club AEK Athens as an attacking midfielder & winger.

He began his career with River Plate, where he won the Apertura in 2008, and later played in Spain with Málaga and Granada.

Buonanotte was part of the Argentine squad which won the gold medal at the 2008 Olympics.

Club career[edit]

River Plate[edit]

Born in Teodelina, Santa Fe, Buonanotte made his professional debut as a 17-year-old on 9 April 2006, in the 3–1 win against Instituto. On 7 October 2007, only one week after his first game, he scored his first goal at senior level. Buonanotte was picked by coach Daniel Passarella to start in the derby against Boca Juniors. River Plate won 2–0, with Buonanotte playing a key role in the victory. He was named by World Soccer magazine as one of the '50 most exciting teenagers in the world game'.[1] Buonanotte was part of the 2008 Apertura winning team.


On 21 January 2011 Buonanotte signed a five-year contract with Málaga CF, but he was loaned to River Plate until July 2011.The reason he left Malaga was not about his appearances with his team but the 1.6 million dollars that River Plate gave for a loan for him.[2][3] He scored his first goal for Málaga in 21 December 2011 in a 2–2 home draw against Getafe CF in the Copa del Rey (winning 3–2 on aggregate.) On 21 November 2012, he scored his careers first Champions League goal, in a 2−2 away draw against Zenit. Also he scored goals against Barcelona and Real Madrid. As long he has being playing in Malaga, he was one of the best players of the team.


On 31 January 2013, Buonanotte signed a 4 and a half year contract with Granada.[4] After moving to Granada, Buonanotte told Goal.com, he left Malaga in order to get playing time.[5] He was previously linked with a move to Italian side Palermo but opted for Granada.[6]

On 28 August 2014, after being left out of the first-team during the pre-season, Buonanotte was loaned to C.F. Pachuca in a one-year deal.[7]

After playing in their pre-season in Mexico, Buonanotte signed on a six-month loan for Quilmes AC on 30 January 2015.[8] The reason he left Granada was that he has a budly argument with his coach, so he goes on loan for 2 years.

AEK Athens[edit]

AEK Athens are set to complete the deal for Granada attacking midfielder Diego Buonanotte after the Argentine ace agreed terms with the Greek club. Buonanotte has verbally agreed to continue his career at AEK for the next two seasons and he is set to travel to Greece to undergo the medical and complete his transfer to AEK. On 15 August 2015, he signed a 2-year contract with AEK Athens.[9]

Buonanotte in the 3rd day of the 2015-16 season scored twice in a 3-1 home win against PAS Giannina. Buonanotte for the first time as a starter, with a penalty kick counterbalances the score to 1-1. The Argentinian was trying to break with vertical passing defense, being the driving force eventually became the central figure of the match, as few minutes later after the equalizer with a dribble to Themistoklis Tzimopoulos scored his second goal to the match. [10]

International career[edit]

Buonanotte was selected by Sergio Batista to be one of the 18 players to represent Argentina in the 2008 Olympics. He only played in the third group-stage game against Serbia, scoring from a long-range free-kick. He won the gold medal with his national team at that tournament.

Personal life[edit]

Car crash[edit]

In December 2009, Buonanotte was involved in a near fatal car crash after he lost control of his car on an Argentine freeway. He was taken to the hospital with multiple injuries while three friends who were traveling with him in the car died at the scene of the crash. The footballer was driving his father's Peugeot 307 back from a night out when he veered off the 65th highway and collided with a tree. The accident occurred about 15 km outside Clementina, Santa Fe. Another car carrying more friends of Buonanotte also arrived on the scene of the accident afterwards eager to find out what had happened. The footballer is said to have been conscious when he was pulled from the wreckage but had sustained serious injuries.

Eduardo Allegrini, director of the hospital, where Buonanotte was taken after the crash, said "(Buonanotte) has fractured his right humerus, right clavicle and has bruised his right lung". Allegrini clarified that the River player's condition was stable but he remained in intensive care under observation. Guillermo Fernández, a firefighter who helped pull Buonanotte from the crash site said: "Diego told us he lost control of the car".[11][12]

Back to the pitch[edit]

It was initially thought that Buonanotte's convalescence would require up to seven months for complete recovery,[13] but he was able to return to the pitch on 17 April 2010, when he replaced Diego Barrado in the second half of a match against Godoy Cruz. River won 2–1 at home.[14][15] On 30 April, he scored for the first time since his accident, clinching a 2–1 victory against Vélez Sársfield at the Monumental.[16] Later that year, A local prosecutor Carlos Colimedaglia, believes that Buonanotte should be charged with three counts of manslaughter.[17] Buonanotte, himself, says he managed to cope with the accident but revealed the opposition fans shout slurs directed at him, like "murderer".[18]



River Plate
2008 Clausura

National team[edit]

Argentina U23


  1. ^ "Top 50 Most Exciting Teen Footballers (2007)". Soccerlens. 29 November 2007. Retrieved 15 August 2008. 
  2. ^ "Malaga Prepare Offer For River Plate's Diego Buonanotte - Report". Goal.com. 6 January 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Malaga seal Buonanotte deal". Sky Sports. 14 January 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Málaga Club de Fútbol and Granada Club de Fútbol agree transfer of Diego Buonanotte". Málagacf. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "I left Malaga because I want to play regularly, admits Buonanotte". Goal.com. 2 February 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Malaga midfielder Diego Buonanotte hopes to join Palermo". Sky Sports. 4 January 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Buonanotte cedido al Pachuca" [Buonanotte loaned to Pachuca] (in Spanish). Granada's official website. 28 August 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Diego Buonanotte firmó con Quilmes: "Será difícil enfrentar a River, pero defenderé a muerte esta camiseta"" [Diego Buonanotte signed with Quilmes: "It will be difficult to play against River, but I will defend this shirt to the death] (in Spanish). La Nación. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  9. ^ Buonanotte set to finalise AEK move
  10. ^ Με ηγέτη τον Μπουονανότε, 3-1 η ΑΕΚ τον ΠΑΣ Γιάννινα Retrieved 13 September 2015
  11. ^ Clarín newspaper, 26 December 2009 (Spanish)
  12. ^ "Diego Buonanotte Suffers Car Accident". Goal.com. 26 December 2009. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  13. ^ Buonanotte to miss 7 months after deadly car crash
  14. ^ River midfielder returns four months after fatal crash
  15. ^ Volvió una Noche... (Spanish)
  16. ^ River ganó con un gol de Buonanotte (Spanish)
  17. ^ "River Plate's Diego Buonanotte Answers Charges For Triple Manslaughter". Goal.com. 15 September 2010. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  18. ^ "River Plate's Diego Buonanotte: I Am Now Used To Murderer Chants". Goal.com. 7 December 2010. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 

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