Míchel Salgado

This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Salgado and the second or maternal family name is Fernández.
Míchel Salgado

Salgado in a charity match in Tehran in 2015
Personal information
Full name Miguel Ángel Salgado Fernández
Date of birth (1975-10-22) 22 October 1975
Place of birth As Neves, Spain
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Right back
Youth career
1990–1992 Cristo Victoria
1992–1994 Celta
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1995 Celta B 20 (0)
1995–1999 Celta 92 (3)
1996–1997Salamanca (loan) 36 (1)
1999–2009 Real Madrid 254 (4)
2009–2012 Blackburn Rovers 66 (0)
Total 468 (8)
National team
1994 Spain U18 7 (0)
1995 Spain U19 2 (0)
1995 Spain U20 5 (1)
1996–1998 Spain U21 10 (0)
1998–2006 Spain 53 (0)
2005 Galicia 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Miguel Ángel "Míchel" Salgado Fernández (born 22 October 1975) is a retired Spanish professional footballer who played as a right back.

Nicknamed Il Due[1] (two in Italian), he was known for his combative tackling and attacking play. Attesting to his aggressive style, Salgado's 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."[2] He also played three seasons in England with Blackburn Rovers.

During a 15-year period in Spain, Salgado – who appeared in 343 La Liga games, scoring seven goals – represented the Spanish national team, collecting more than 50 caps and appearing in one World Cup and one European Championship.

Club career


Born in As Neves, Pontevedra, Galicia, Salgado began his professional career with hometown's 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.[3][4][5]

Salgado scored a career-best three goals in the 1998–99 campaign,[6][7][8] helping his team finish fifth and qualify for the UEFA Cup.[3][9][10]

Real Madrid

In 1999 Salgado was purchased by Real Madrid for 11,000,000,[3] appearing in 29 league games in his first season while also helping the club win the UEFA Champions League.[11] 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.

Real Madrid fans show their appreciation of Salgado's ten years service to the club.

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 played very rarely (only 17 contests 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.[12]

Salgado was released by Real Madrid in early August 2009, with the team already midway into pre-season.[13]

Blackburn Rovers

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.[14][15]

Salgado made his competitive debut on 12 September against Wolverhampton Wanderers as a second-half substitute, on 12 September (3–1 home win). On 27 October 2009 he scored his first goal for the Rovers, in a 5–2 triumph over Peterborough United for the Football League Cup.[16]

On 27 January 2011, 35-year-old Salgado agreed a contract extension at Blackburn.[17] He was first-choice for the first games in the 2011–12 season, until picking up an injury.[18][19]

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 games in the season, the club not being able to afford fresh terms.[20]


Aged 40, Salgado came out of retirement to join Kochi 5s in India's Premier Futsal, as marquee player.[21]

International career

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 and being backup in the latter to Real Madrid teammate Ramos.[22]

Due to last-minute injuries, Salgado missed out on the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004.[23] He also represented the Galician autonomous team.

Personal life

Salgado is married to Malula Sanz, daughter of former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz.[24]




Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
1994/95CeltaLa Liga140140
1996/97SalamancaSegunda División361361
1997/98CeltaLa Liga250250
1999/00Real MadridLa Liga29000-170460
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2009/10BlackburnPremier League2101041-261
Country Spain 378870-8614709
England 6603041-731
Total 44481004186154310






Real Madrid


Spain U21


  1. Diez años de Il Due (Ten years of Il Due); El Mundo, 22 January 2005 (Spanish)
  2. 10 things you didn't know about Miguel Salgado; Mirror Football, 11 August 2009. Retrieved on 23 July 2014
  3. 1 2 3 Euro 2000 profile
  4. Juninho, roto – Una fractura de peroné le aparta del Atlético y casi seguro del Mundial (Juninho, torn – A fibula fracture sidelines him from Atlético and almost certainly from World Cup); El Mundo, 2 February 1998 (Spanish)
  5. El Celta exige para Míchel Salgado el beneficio de la duda (Celta demands benefit of doubt for Míchel Salgado); El Mundo, 19 February 1998 (Spanish)
  6. "El Celta empata en el descuento" [Celta draws in injury time] (in Spanish). El País. 27 September 1998. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
  7. "El Celta expone su orgullo" [Celta showcases pride] (in Spanish). El País. 14 December 1998. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
  8. "No lo tuvo tan fácil el Celta" [Celta did not have it so easy] (in Spanish). ABC. 8 February 1999. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
  9. "Spain 1998/99". RSSSF. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
  10. "Míchel Salgado" (in Spanish). Yo Jugué en el Celta. 3 April 2008. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  11. "Real Madrid 3–0 Valencia". The Guardian. 24 May 2000. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  12. "Casillas y Teixeira salvan a Osasuna" [Casillas and Teixeira save Osasuna] (in Spanish). Defensa Central. 31 May 2009. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  13. "Official announcement". Real Madrid. 4 August 2009. Retrieved 4 August 2009.
  14. "Salgado set for Blackburn Rovers". Blackburn Citizen. 19 August 2009. Retrieved 19 August 2009.
  15. "Blackburn Rovers complete signing of former Real Madrid full-back Michel Salgado". The Daily Telegraph. 19 August 2009. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  16. "Blackburn 5–2 Peterborough". BBC Sport. 27 October 2009. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  17. "Salgado happy to extend his Blackburn deal". Football Press. 28 January 2011. Retrieved 16 June 2011.
  18. "Blackburn v Tottenham: Hamstrung Salgado to be replaced by Lowe". Daily Mail. 21 October 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  19. "Grella, Nelsen still sidelined for Blackburn Rovers". Tribal Football. 21 October 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  20. "Salgado 'frozen out'". Sky Sports. 20 December 2011. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  21. "Premier Futsal: Squads announced for inaugural edition". Goal.com. 12 July 2016. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  22. "España – Arabia Saudí: Salgado contra los "hijos del desierto"" [Spain – Saudi Arabia: Salgado against the "desert sons"] (in Spanish). DW-TV. 23 June 2006. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  23. Goodbye pharoes, hello Faro; UEFA.com, 12 June 2004
  24. Míchel Salgado and Malula Sanz esperan su tercer hijo (Míchel Salgado and Malula Sanz await third child); ¡Hola!, 15 April 2009 (Spanish)
  25. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 "Míchel Salgado". Soccerway. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  26. "Salgado: Miguel Ángel Salgado Fernández". BDFutbol. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  27. "Míchel Salgado". European Football. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  28. "Toyota Cup 2002". FIFA.com. Archived from the original on 1 December 2007. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  29. "Real Madrid 3–0 Valencia". UEFA.com. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  30. "Leverkusen 1–2 Real Madrid". UEFA.com. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  31. "Real Madrid 3–1 Feyenoord". UEFA.com. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  32. "Miguel Salgado". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  33. "1998: Iván Pérez applies finishing touch". UEFA.com. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
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