Spanish star Michel Salgado started his professional football career at hometown club Celta Vigo having been born in As Nevesin the Pontevedra provincial part of Galicia. He made his Celta Vigo debut in the Spanish La Liga on January 22, 1995. His debut for his hometown club in La Liga was against Real Madrid whom he would go on to play for later in his career. His first game in the Spanish top flight didn’t go according to plan after his team suffered a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of hosts Real Madrid.

Michel Salgado cut his teeth in professional football during his loan spell at UD Salamanca in the second tier of club football in Spain known as the Segunda Division. He returned from his loan spell at UD Salamanca to become a regular in the Celta Vigo starting XI. At Celta Vigo, Salgado was involved in an incident with JuninhoPaulista of Atletico Madrid in February 1998. Juninho picked up a serious injury during the incident and he was ruled out of the World Cup in France as a result. Juninho would have made the Brazil squad for the World Cup on French soil as he missed out on finishing second with the Selecao. Defending champions Brazil failed to defend their World Cup title after they were beaten 3-0 by hosts France in the final. Zinedine Zidane (brace) and Emmanuel Petit scored the goals for France.
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One of Madrid’s favourite sons, and their second-highest appearance-maker, gets the gloves in this XI, with Iker Casillas holding off competition from Juan Alonso – goalkeeper for their first three trophies and captain in 1958.

The Spaniard is joined by a couple of his former teammates from Madrid’s most recent era of continental dominance, with Dani Carvajal starting all four of the victorious finals from 2014 to 2018 to beat Michel Salgado to right-back.
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Michel Salgado began his career as a professional footballer at hometown club Celta Vigo. He was born in As Neves in the Province of Pontevedra in Galicia. His Spanish La Liga debut came in the colours of Celta Vigo and it was against his future club, Real Madrid. The first game for Michel Salgado in La Liga ended in a 4-0 defeat at Real Madrid on January 22, 1995.

Celta Vigo made the decision to loan Michel Salgado to UD Salamanca in the Spanish Segunda Division which is the second tier of club football in Spain. The decision to send him on loan to Salamanca paid off after he returned to become a regular in the Celta Vigo starting XI. During his time at Celta Vigo, Salgado was involved in an incident with JuninhoPaulista. The incident happened during a Spanish La Liga game between Celta Vigo and Atletico Madrid in February 2008. Juninho was the victim of a dangerous challenge from Michel Salgadoand it left him with an injury that ruled him out of action for six months. He was on the sidelines until the start of the 1998/99 season thereby missing the 1998 FIFA World Cup tournament in France. Juninho missed out as Brazil reached the final of the tournament before they were thrashed 3-0 by hosts France.
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Spanish fullback Michel Salgado was a fans favourite during his brief time at Blackburn Rovers. Michel Salgado spent the last few years of his professional football career in the Premier League (PL) shortly after his Real Madrid spell ended. He was at Blackburn Rovers until his retirement in 2012 after the club could not afford his salary. Salgado made 66 appearances for Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League over a period of three years between 2009 and 2012.

Michel Salgado was popular during his Blackburn Rovers spell due to his no-nonsense playing style from the right side of defence in addition to his will to win.
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Michel Salgado played 53 times for the Spanish senior national team over a period of eight years. The Real Madrid legend was in the Spanish team from 1998 to 2006. Michel Salgado was in the team shortly before the boom era started.

The boom era for Spanish football started in 2008 when Fernando Torres scored the only goal of the game in the final of the Euro 2008 tournament to end several decades of hurt. It was the first major trophy for the Spanish senior national team in 44 years. The last major trophy win was at the 1964 edition of the European Championship. Continue reading →


Real Madrid legend Michel Salgado had a taste of Premier League football before he hung up his boots. The former Spanish national team player signed for Blackburn Rovers at the veteran stage of his career and he went on to make 66 appearances in the Premier League for the 1994/95 Premier League winners. While he was at Ewood Park, Michel Salgado was the toast of the Blackburn Rovers fans due to his desire to emerge victorious coupled with his no-nonsense displays for the team on the right side of defence.

Michel Salgado ended his career as a professional footballer at Blackburn Rovers in 2012. The most successful spell of his career was undoubtedly at Real Madrid where he won several major trophies.
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Real Madrid legend Michel Salgado recently looked back on his time with the club in an exclusive interview with popular Spanish newspaper Marca. Michel Salgado talked about former manager Vicente Del Bosque and how he was sacked by the club despite winning the league title.

According to the ex-Spanish national team right-back, it was a pity that the league title was being celebrated when the manager was told that he can leave the club. Michel Salgado revealed that the club didn’t renew Del Bosque’s contract at the time despite leading the Spanish giants to the La Liga title. Salgado wanted him to stay but the decision on the manager was neither down to him or his teammates. The former Blackburn Rovers and Celta Vigo player confirmed that Del Bosque had won 12 trophies in four-and-a-half seasons.
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Michel Salgado was a no-nonsense player during his time as a football player. He featured for clubs like Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League and Real Madrid in the Spanish La Liga. Salgado was a unique player due to his desire to win football matches.

The ex-Spanish international right-back retired from football in 2012. Michel Salgado won several trophies during his playing career spanning almost two decades. He played professional football for 18 years. The Spaniard spent the majority of his career with reigning La Liga champions Real Madrid.
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Michel Salgado has insisted that it continues to be and will keep being a difficult task for Real Madrid to find a perfect replacement for club legend Cristiano Ronaldo. The former Real Madrid player made the comments after The Los Blancos’ most recent shocking result in their Copa Del Rey encounter against a third-tier league club.

Eden Hazard, the latest signing that was recruited as a replacement for the Portuguese superstar has not played any period of football close to his personal best, judging by his record at Premier League side Chelsea where he was signed from. Continue reading →



Real Madrid legend Michel Salgado is ready to give striker Luka Jovic all the time in the world to prove himself as a worthy signing for the Spanish La Liga team. He has backed the Serbian international to live up to his €60m transfer fee spent to sign the striker from German Bundesliga team Eintracht Frankfurt.

In one of his past interviews, ex-Real Madrid right-back Michel Salgadotold Omnisport that Luka Jovic has the quality required to be a hit at the Estadio Santiago Bernebeu. Luka Jovic was signed by Real Madrid last summer and he’s in his second season at the club. He scored one goal plus two assists in 17 league games last season, while he failed to score or assist in five Champions League games. In total, he scored a goal and two assists in 22 games in all competitions in what was his debut season in Spain. Continue reading →