Salgado playing in a legends match in 2018
|Full name||Miguel Ángel Salgado Fernández|
|Date of birth||22 October 1975|
|Place of birth||As Neves, Spain|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position(s)||Right back|
|1996-1997||-> Salamanca (loan)||36||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Nicknamed Il Due ("two" in Italian), he was known for his combative tackling and attacking play. Attesting to his aggressive style, his former Real Madrid teammate Steve McManaman - where he spent an entire decade, after excellent displays at Celta - once described him as "the hardest person in the world....a genuine psychopath, even in training." Salgado also played three seasons in England, with Blackburn Rovers.
Salgado, who played in 341 La Liga matches and scored seven goals, represented the Spain national team over eight years, collecting more than 50 caps and appearing in one World Cup and one European Championship.
Born in As Neves, Province of Pontevedra, Galicia, Salgado began his professional career with hometown's RC Celta de Vigo, making his La Liga debut on 22 January 1995 in a 0-4 away loss against Real Madrid. He was loaned for a season to UD Salamanca in the Segunda División, and after his return became the first-choice in his position.
Whilst at Celta, Salgado was involved in an incident with Atlético Madrid's Juninho Paulista in February 1998: after a dangerous challenge, the Brazilian was sidelined for six months and missed that year's FIFA World Cup.
In 1999, Salgado was purchased by Real Madrid for EUR11,000,000, playing 29 league games in his first season while also helping the club win the UEFA Champions League. He was the capital side's starter during his first seven years, but was relegated to the bench by former Sevilla FC youngster Sergio Ramos in 2006-07.
Salgado was still able to contribute with 16 matches for the Merengues' 30th national title, mainly due to injuries to Pepe, with Ramos being relocated to centre back. In the following two campaigns he featured very rarely (only 17 appearances combined), being sent off in the final game of 2008-09, a 1-2 loss at CA Osasuna on 31 May 2009 as Madrid slumped to a fifth consecutive league defeat.
Salgado was released in early August 2009, with the team already midway into pre-season.
Aged nearly 34, Salgado moved to Blackburn Rovers of the Premier League on 19 August 2009, signing a two-year deal after impressing manager Sam Allardyce whilst on trial. He went on to say he was happy to be playing for his new club, intending to retire at Ewood Park.
Salgado made his competitive debut on 12 September 2009, against Wolverhampton Wanderers as a late substitute (3-1 home win). On 27 October he scored his first goal for his new team, in a 5-2 victory over Peterborough United in the Football League Cup.
Blackburn manager Steve Kean revealed in December 2011 that Salgado was being omitted from the squad as his contract stated that the player was entitled to a new deal if he played nine more matches in the campaign, the club not being able to afford fresh terms.
Aged 40, Salgado came out of retirement to join Kochi 5s in India's Premier Futsal as a marquee player. He later was part of the board of Heritage Sports Holdings, which owned the football clubs Gibraltar United F.C. and UD Los Barrios.
Salgado won the first of his 53 caps for Spain on 5 September 1998, in an infamous 2-3 loss in Cyprus for the UEFA Euro 2000 qualifiers. He was part of the nation's squads at Euro 2000 and the 2006 FIFA World Cup, starting in the former tournament and being backup in the latter to Real Madrid teammate Ramos.
Due to last-minute injuries, Salgado missed out on the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004. He also represented the Galician autonomous team, which he later coached alongside Deportivo de La Coruña's Fran.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Celta B||1993-94||Segunda División B||20||1||0||0||--||0||0||20||1|
|Salamanca (loan)||1996-97||Segunda División||36||1||2||0||--||0||0||38||1|
|Real Madrid||1999-00||La Liga||29||0||0||0||--||17||0||46||0|
|Independiente||2017-18||Panamanian Football League||1||0||0||0||--||0||0||1||0|