Buonanotte with Málaga in 2012
|Full name||Diego Mario Buonanotte Rende|
|Date of birth||19 April 1988|
|Place of birth||Teodelina, Argentina|
|Height||1.57 m (5 ft 2 in) |
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder / Winger|
|AEK Athens F.C.|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 May 2015.
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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'. 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. 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.
On 31 January 2013, Buonanotte signed a 4 and a half year contract with Granada. After moving to Granada, Buonanotte told Goal.com, he left Malaga in order to get playing time. He was previously linked with a move to Italian side Palermo but opted for Granada.
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.
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".
Back to the pitch
It was initially thought that Buonanotte's convalescence would require up to seven months for complete recovery, 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. On 30 April, he scored for the first time since his accident, clinching a 2–1 victory against Vélez Sársfield at the Monumental. Later that year, A local prosecutor Carlos Colimedaglia, believes that Buonanotte should be charged with three counts of manslaughter. Buonanotte, himself, says he managed to cope with the accident but revealed the opposition fans shout slurs directed at him, like "murderer".
- River Plate
- Argentina U23
- Summer Olympics Gold Medal: 1
- "Top 50 Most Exciting Teen Footballers (2007)". Soccerlens. 29 November 2007. Retrieved 15 August 2008.
- "Malaga Prepare Offer For River Plate's Diego Buonanotte - Report". Goal.com. 6 January 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
- "Malaga seal Buonanotte deal". Sky Sports. 14 January 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
- "Málaga Club de Fútbol and Granada Club de Fútbol agree transfer of Diego Buonanotte". Málagacf. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
- "I left Malaga because I want to play regularly, admits Buonanotte". Goal.com. 2 February 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
- "Malaga midfielder Diego Buonanotte hopes to join Palermo". Sky Sports. 4 January 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
- "Buonanotte cedido al Pachuca" [Buonanotte loaned to Pachuca] (in Spanish). Granada's official website. 28 August 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
- "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.
- Clarín newspaper, 26 December 2009 (Spanish)
- "Diego Buonanotte Suffers Car Accident". Goal.com. 26 December 2009. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
- Buonanotte to miss 7 months after deadly car crash
- River midfielder returns four months after fatal crash
- Volvió una Noche... (Spanish)
- River ganó con un gol de Buonanotte (Spanish)
- "River Plate's Diego Buonanotte Answers Charges For Triple Manslaughter". Goal.com. 15 September 2010. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
- "River Plate's Diego Buonanotte: I Am Now Used To Murderer Chants". Goal.com. 7 December 2010. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
- Málaga official profile
- Argentine Primera statistics at Futbol XXI (Spanish)
- Diego Buonanotte – FIFA competition record