Ponzio with River Plate in 2016
|Full name||Leonardo Daniel Ponzio|
|Date of birth||29 January 1982|
|Place of birth||Las Rosas, Argentina|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Newell's Old Boys|
|2000–2003||Newell's Old Boys||90||(9)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 September 2016.
After starting out at Newell's Old Boys in 2000 he went on to spend his professional career with Zaragoza and River Plate, appearing in 246 official games with the former and winning two major titles.
Born in Las Rosas, Santa Fe, Ponzio started his career in the youth system of Newell's Old Boys in neighbouring Rosario, going on to collect more than 100 official appearances for the club. At only 21, he was signed by Spanish side Real Zaragoza for the 2003–04 season, for €3 million: after making his La Liga debut on 31 August 2003 in a 0–1 home loss against Deportivo de La Coruña, he went on to become an essential midfield figure for the Aragonese, only missing 11 games in three seasons combined.
However, when Zaragoza finished sixth in the 2006–07 campaign and qualified to the UEFA Cup, Ponzio had already left, moving in January 2007 to Club Atlético River Plate. He scored his first goal for his new team in the 2007 edition of the Copa Libertadores, against Chile's Colo-Colo.
In January 2009, Ponzio returned to Zaragoza signing a four 1/2-year contract, with the club now in the second division. He contributed regularly as the team returned to the top flight immediately.
Ponzio was an everpresent defensive figure in 2009–10, inclusively featuring at right and left-back, while collecting 15 yellow cards. He scored his only goal of the season on 3 April 2010, striking from long range in a 2–0 home success against Málaga CF.
On 4 January 2012, aged 30, Ponzio, whose link with the club ran until June, left struggling – in sporting and financial terms – Zaragoza and returned to River Plate for personal reasons, signing a three 1/2-year contract.
Ponzio played for Argentina at under-17 and under-20 levels, and received his first full cap in 2003. In 2001 he played all seven matches (five complete) as the national team won the FIFA U-20 World Cup, on home soil.
- River Plate
- Argentine Primera División: Clausura 2008, Torneo Final 2014, Superfinal 2014
- Copa Libertadores: 2015
- Copa Sudamericana: 2014
- Recopa Sudamericana: 2015, 2016
- Suruga Bank Championship: 2015
- Primera B Nacional: 2011–12
- Ponzio picked up by Zaragoza; UEFA.com, 23 July 2003
- "Pandiani da al Deportivo los puntos de La Romareda" [Pandiani gives La Romareda points to Deportivo] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 31 August 2003. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
- "Ponzio: "Regresar a Zaragoza es perfecto para mí"" [Ponzio: "Returning to Zaragoza is perfect for me"] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 1 February 2009. Retrieved 1 February 2009.
- "Borque y Ponzio, laterales eventuales" [Borque and Ponzio, eventual fullbacks] (in Spanish). Heraldo de Aragón. 25 August 2009. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
- "'Zucu' se estrena en el lateral y sigue los pasos de Ponzio" ['Zucu' has fullback debut and follows in Ponzio's footsteps] (in Spanish). Marca. 18 October 2011. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
- "Zaragoza on the up". ESPN Soccernet. 3 April 2010. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
- "Diogo corre, Ponzio resuelve" [Diogo runs, Ponzio decides] (in Spanish). El País. 3 April 2010. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
- "Ponzio se desvincula del Zaragoza y ficha por River Plate" [Ponzio cuts ties with Zaragoza and signs for River Plate] (in Spanish). Marca. 4 January 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2012.
- Leonardo Ponzio – FIFA competition record
- Beckham misses out on Cup; BBC Sport, 17 March 2004