Salvio with Benfica in 2014
|Full name||Eduardo Antonio Salvio|
|Date of birth||13 July 1990|
|Place of birth||Avellaneda, Argentina|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|2010–2011||→ Benfica (loan)||19||(4)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 October 2016.
An Argentine international with 5 caps, he won two UEFA Europa League with Spanish club Atlético Madrid, and has won three Primeira Liga titles, one Taça de Portugal, four Taça da Liga and one Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira with Benfica.
Salvio was born in Avellaneda, a port city in the province of Buenos Aires. At only 17, he was promoted to the first team of Club Atlético Lanús for the 2007 Apertura, but did not appear in any games in the tournament as the Granate finished in top position.
Salvio made his debut for Lanús' first team on 24 August 2008, in a game against Boca Juniors. He scored his first goal(s) for the club in a 4–2 win against Argentinos Juniors, exactly two months later. Overall, he netted nine goals in the season as the team finished fourth overall, and was also its joint-leading goal scorer, along with José Sand.
On 19 August 2009 Salvio scored twice in the first leg of Lanús' first stage Copa Sudamericana match, netting two late goals to help his team come from behind to defeat River Plate (2–1 away win, 3–1 on aggregate). In early January of the following year, after months of speculation, he signed for Atlético Madrid in Spain, for a reported transfer fee of €10 million.
Salvio made his official debut for Atlético in a UEFA Europa League game against Galatasaray on 18 February 2010, and scored his first goals for the Colchoneros in a 3–1 La Liga home win over Tenerife on 25 April. On 12 May he appeared as a substitute in the Europa League final against Fulham, coming on as a substitute for José Antonio Reyes in the 76th minute of the 2–1 triumph.
On 19 August 2010, after speculation linked him to several clubs, mostly in Spain but also in Portugal, Benfica and Atlético Madrid agreed on a season-long loan for Salvio, with the Lisbon club also buying 20% of his rights for €2.5 million. On 18 December he opened his goal scoring for the Eagles, scoring twice in a 5–2 home win against Rio Ave.
After a relatively slow start to Portuguese football, Salvio became a regular fixture for Benfica in the second part of the campaign, partnering several compatriots in the squad and usually appearing as a right winger. On 20 February 2011 he scored the first goal in a 2–0 away win against city rivals Sporting and, three days later, he netted his first goal in European competition, with an impressive 20-yard strike against Stuttgart in the Europa League's round of 32 (2–0 away success, 4–1 on aggregate); to finalize that week, in a home league match against Marítimo, he scored the equalizer minutes after the away side opened the scoring, in an eventual 2–1 home win, and finished the campaign with 39 official games and ten successful strikes.
Salvio officially returned to Atlético on 19 May to begin his rehabilitation on a calf injury sustained whilst still at Benfica, in a Europa League game against PSV. He continued to be regularly played by both Gregorio Manzano and his successor, compatriot Diego Simeone.
In March 2012, in two games separated by only five days, Salvio scored three goals: he started with a rare header to put the visitors ahead at Sevilla in an eventual 1–1 draw, then added a brace in a 3–1 home win against Beşiktaş for the campaign's Europa League.
On 31 July 2012, Benfica and Atlético Madrid agreed on Salvio transferring permanently to the Portuguese side for five years, with the Eagles paying a reported €11 million for eighty percent of his economic rights. With the remaining twenty already owned by them, Salvio transfer summed up a then club record €13.5 million – surpassing the previous record of €12 million paid to Barcelona to acquire the services of Simão Sabrosa in 2001. He marked his comeback in style, scoring the first of a 2–2 home draw against Braga on 18 August. He scored a career high, thirteen goals throughout the 2012–13 season.
On 31 August 2013, late into the first half of a local derby at Sporting, Salvio suffered a severe anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury to his right knee, going on to miss several months. It was the second serious injury he had in only two years, the first in his foot also at the service of Benfica. He marked his return from injury in less than six months, playing the last 15 minutes of a 1–0 UEFA Europa League win against PAOK
Salvio scored his first goal of the campaign on 3 April 2014, netting the game's only in an away success over AZ Alkmaar, for the same competition. His only other goal that came against Porto in the Portuguese Cup semi-finals as the Eagles reached the final with a 3–1 victory. On 20 April 2014, he suffered another injury, this time breaking his arm in a 2–0 win against Olhanense, as Benfica clinched their 33rd league title in the same day. Although being expected to be out for the remainder of the season, he returned to the fields just ten days later, coming on as a substitute in a 0–0 draw against Juventus, with Benfica reaching their second consecutive UEFA Europa League final. Although Salvio's season was injury-plagued, he enjoyed great success as the club won the domestic treble.
Salvio started the new season with goals against Paços de Ferreira and Vitória Sétubal. He scored his only European goal of the season, against Bayer Leverkusen on 1 October 2014. Four days later, he scored his third league goal of the season, against Arouca, and made one assist in a 4–0 home win. On 22 November, he scored twice in a 4–1 win against Moreirense in the fourth round of Portuguese Cup. On 18 January 2015, Salvio scored twice at Marítimo (0–4) in Primeira Liga. He again suffered an injury on the final day of the season, as he once again tore his ACL on his right knee, which caused him to miss most of the 2015–16 season.
Salvio returned from injury on 12 February 2016, as a substitute in a 2–1 home loss to Porto. He mostly made sporadic substitute appearances in the final three months of the season, as he failed to regain his true form. However, he was still able to celebrate another league and league cup triumphs.
On 16 June 2016, Salvio renewed his contract with Benfica for two more seasons.
In January 2009, Salvio was selected to join the Argentina under-20 squad for the 2009 South American Youth Championship in Venezuela. The national team underperformed in the championship, failing to qualify to the that year's FIFA U-20 World Cup, thus being unable to defend its 2007 title.
On 20 May 2009, aged 18, Salvio made his full international debut in a friendly match with Panama. The Argentine side, made up of players based in the Argentine Primera División, won it 3–1. He also played against Chile in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification match.
|Atlético Madrid||2009–10||La Liga||13||2||0||0||—||8||0||21||2|
|Benfica (loan)||2010–11||Primeira Liga||19||4||5||1||4||2||11||3||39||10|
|Atlético Madrid||2011–12||La Liga||30||3||2||0||—||16||5||48||8|
1Other tournaments include the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira.
- Atlético Madrid
- Primeira Liga: 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
- Taça de Portugal: 2013–14
- Taça da Liga: 2010–11, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2014, 2016
- UEFA Europa League: Runner-up 2012–13, 2013–14
- Lanús 4–2 Argentinos; at Futbol XXI (Spanish)
- Copa Sudamericana 2009; at RSSSF
- Eduardo Salvio seals €10 million move to Atletico Madrid; Goal.com, 11 January 2010
- Atletico Madrid 3–1 Tenerife: Eduardo Salvio and Kun Aguero torment Blanquiazules; Goal.com, 25 April 2010
- "Atletico Madrid 2–1 Fulham". BBC Sport. 12 May 2010. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
- Official: Atletico Madrid forward Eduardo Salvio joins Benfica on loan; Goal.com, 19 August 2010
- Relatório & contas 1º semestre 2010/2011 (Report & Finances first semester 2010/2011); CMVM (Portuguese)
- Sporting 0–2 Benfica: Salvio and Gaitan secure Derby Day win for ten-man Eagles; Goal.com, 21 February 2011
- "Benfica make it 16 in a row at Stuttgart". UEFA.com. 24 February 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
- Eduardo Salvio comenzó la rehabilitación el jueves 19 en el Estadio Vicente Calderón (Eduardo Salvio started rehabilitation Thursday 19 at the Estadio Vicente Calderón); Atlético Madrid's official website, 19 May 2010 (Spanish)
- "Diawara salvages Sevilla draw". ESPN Soccernet. 3 March 2012. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
- "Atlético advantage reduced by old boy Simão". UEFA.com. 8 March 2012. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
- Kundert, Tom (1 August 2012). "Benfica break transfer record to bring Salvio back to the Estádio da Luz". PortuGOAL. Archived from the original on 9 May 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
- Salvio assina por cinco anos (Salvio signs for five years); Record, 1 August 2012 (Portuguese)[dead link]
- Benfica-Sp. Braga, 2–2 (crónica) (Benfica–Sp. Braga, 2–2 (match report); Mais Futebol, 18 August 2012 (Portuguese)
- Salvio, operado con éxito de la rotura del ligamento de la rodilla derecha (Salvio, successful right knee ligament rupture surgery); El Mundo Deportivo, 4 September 2013 (Spanish)
- Benfica: Eduardo Salvio se fracturó y podría perderse el resto de la temporada (Benfica: Eduardo Salvio broke and may lose rest of season); Goal.com, 15 April 2011 (Spanish)
- 'Mr Europa League' Salvio doing it again; UEFA.com, 7 April 2014
- Salvio gives Benfica victory in Alkmaar; UEFA.com, 3 April 2014
- "Benfica 3–1 Porto (agg 3–2): Andre Gomes books Eagles' Portuguese Cup final place as Jorge Jesus and Ricardo Quaresma see red and fans invade pitch in stormy clash". Dailymail. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
- Salvio joins Sílvio on Benfica sidelines; UEFA.com, 22 April 2014
- Benfica pass Juventus endurance test; UEFA.com, 1 May 2014
- May 2014
- "Benfica's Salvio celebrates his goal against Pacos de Ferreira during their Portuguese Premier League soccer match in Lisbon". Yahoo. 17 August 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
- "V. Setúbal-Benfica, 0–5 (crónica)". Maisfutebol.iol.pt (in Portuguese). 12 September 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
- "Bayer Leverkusen bounce back against Benfica to earn their first points". The Guardian. 1 October 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
- "SL Benfica – Arouca, 4–0: Resposta de Campeão consolida liderança!". Benfica. 5 October 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
- "Marítimo - Benfica (Jornada 17 Primeira Liga 2014-2015) - Liga Portugal". LPFP (in Portuguese). 18 January 2015. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
- "Salvio suffers torn ACL, may undergo surgery". EFE. 26 May 2015. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
- "Salvio até 2019" [Salvio until 2019] (in Portuguese). 16 June 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2016.
- "La Selección local de Maradona venció 3–1 a Panamá". perfil.com. 20 May 2009. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
- "Higuain gets 3 as Argentina beats Chile 4–1". ahram.org.eg. 8 October 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
- "Match Report Argentina Chile". FIFA.com. 8 October 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
- Eduardo Salvio profile at ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
- Eduardo Salvio profile at Soccerway. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
- "Eduardo Salvio" (in Spanish). ESPN FC. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
- "Eduardo Salvio". National Football Teams. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
- Cunha, Pedro Jorge (17 May 2015). "Benfica bicampeão: 28 com as faixas e dois à espera" [Benfica back-to-back champion: 28 with the sashes and two await] (in Portuguese). Maisfutebol. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
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