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Eduardo Salvio


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Full NameEduardo Antonio Salvio

BornJuly 13, 1990

Height1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)

NationalityArgentine

RoleWinger

ABOUT

Eduardo Salvio is an Argentine professional footballer who was born on July 13, 1990 in Avellaneda, Argentina. He plays as a winger, currently for the club Benfica and Argentina National Football Team.


Background


In 2007 Apertura which is Argentine Primera Division, at the age of just 17, Salvio got selected for his first ever team, Club Atletico Lanus but he didn't appear in any of their match. Next year in 2008, he got to play his first match for Lanus against Boca Juniors on August 24. Two months later, he scored his first ever goal against Argentinos Juniors in a 4-2 winning match.


Besides club football, Salvio also played for his national side in Argentina U17 and Argentina U20 where he represented them in the 2009 South American Youth Championship. With the under-17 team, he played four games in which he scored only one goal and with under-20 team, he played nine games scoring four goals.


Debut


Salvio made his debut for the Argentine senior team on May 20, 2009 when he was just 18 in a friendly match with Panama where they won it 3-1. He also played against Chile in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification match. In total, he has represented Argentina in six games without scoring any goal.


Rise to glory


In 2009 Copa Sudamericana, Salvio became Lunas’ joint leading goal scorer with Jose Sand where he netted nine goals. Also in one of the match against River Plate, he scored twice to help Lunas win 3-1 in that match. After that he was transferred to one most successful Spanish club , Atletico Madrid for a reported fee of €10 million.


Low points


On the final day of 2015-16 Portuguese cup, while playing for Benfica, Salvio got injured when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament on his right knee which made him miss almost all the remaining matches of 2015-16. On February 12, 2016, Salvio made his comeback as a substitute in a 2-1 loss to Porto but for the next three months he was never able to regain his true form.


Club career


Eduardo Salvio began his club career with Lanus in the 2007 Apertura at the age of 17, but didn't get to play any game. On August 24, 2008, he made his debut for them against Boca Juniors.


He went on to score nine goals during 2008-09 Argentine Primera Division making him the joint highest goal scorer for Lanus.


In 2010, Salvio joined Atletico Madrid and after a slow start, he became a regular member of them as the right winger. On April 25, he scored his first goal for them in a 3-1 home win over Tenerife.


In May 2010, Salvio agreed to play with Benfica also along with Atletico Madrid. So, Benfica bought 20% of his playing rights for €2.5 million. In 2012, Salvio got permanently transferred to Benfica for €11 million and scored 13 goals throughout the 2012-13 S.L. Benfica season.


Records


Apart from being the leading goal scorer for Lanus in 2008, Salvio was also part of the Atletico Madrid side that won the UEFA Europa League in 2009-10 and 2011-12. For Benfica, he was there in the squad when they won Primeira League title in 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17; Taça de Portugal in 2013-14 and 2016-17; Taça da Liga in 2010-11, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16; Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira in 2014, 2016 and 2017.

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