Eduardo Salvio


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Eduardo Antonio "Toto" Salvio (born 13 July 1990) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a right winger for Portuguese club Benfica.

Club career
Salvio was born in Avellaneda, a port city in the province of Buenos Aires. At only 17, he was promoted to the first team of Club Atlético Lanús for the 2007 Apertura, but did not appear in any games in the tournament as the Granate finished in top position.

Salvio made his debut for Lanús' first team on 24 August 2008, in a game against Boca Juniors. He scored his first goal(s) for the club in a 4–2 win against Argentinos Juniors, exactly two months later. Overall, he netted nine goals in the season as the team finished fourth overall, and was also its joint-leading goal scorer, along with José Sand.

On 19 August 2009 Salvio scored twice in the first leg of Lanús' first stage Copa Sudamericana match, netting two late goals to help his team come from behind to defeat River Plate (2–1 away win, 3–1 on aggregate). In early January of the following year, after months of speculation, he signed for Atlético Madrid in Spain, for a reported transfer fee of €10 million.

Atlético Madrid
Salvio made his official debut for Atlético in a UEFA Europa League game against Galatasaray on 18 February 2010, and scored his first goals for the Colchoneros in a 3–1 La Liga home win over Tenerife on 25 April. On 12 May he appeared as a substitute in the Europa League final against Fulham, coming on as a substitute for José Antonio Reyes in the 76th minute of the 2–1 triumph.

On 19 August 2010, after speculation linked him to several clubs, mostly in Spain but also in Portugal, Benfica and Atlético Madrid agreed on a season-long loan for Salvio, with the Lisbon club also buying 20% of his rights for €2.5 million. On 18 December he opened his goal scoring for the Reds, scoring twice in a 5–2 home win against Rio Ave.

After a relatively slow start to Portuguese football, Salvio became a regular fixture for Benfica in the second part of the campaign, partnering several compatriots in the squad and usually appearing as a right winger. On 20 February 2011 he scored the first goal in a 2–0 away win against city rivals Sporting and, three days later, he netted his first goal in European competition, with an impressive 20-yard strike against Stuttgart in the Europa League's round of 32 (2–0 away success, 4–1 on aggregate); to finalize that week, in a home league match against Marítimo, he scored the equalizer minutes after the away side opened the scoring, in an eventual 2–1 home win, and finished the campaign with 39 official games and ten successful strikes.

Salvio officially returned to Atlético on 19 May to begin his rehabilitation on a calf injury sustained whilst still at Benfica, in a Europa League game against PSV. He continued to be regularly played by both Gregorio Manzano and his successor, compatriot Diego Simeone.

In March 2012, in two games separated by only five days, Salvio scored three goals: he started with a rare header to put the visitors ahead at Sevilla in an eventual 1–1 draw, then added a brace in a 3–1 home win against Beşiktaş for the campaign's Europa League.

On 31 July 2012, Benfica and Atlético Madrid agreed on Salvio transferring permanently to the Portuguese side for five years, with the 'Reds' paying €11 million for eighty percent of his economic rights. The remaining twenty already owned by them, Salvio transfer summed up a club record €13.5 million – surpassing the previous record of €12 million paid to Barcelona to acquire the services of Simão Sabrosa in 2001. He marked his comeback in style, scoring the first of a 2–2 home draw against Braga on 18 August.

On 31 August 2013, late into the first half of a local derby at Sporting, Salvio suffered a severe anterior cruciate ligament injury to his right knee, going on to miss several months. It was the second serious injury he had in only two years, the first in his foot also at the service of Benfica. He marked his return from injury in less than six months, playing the last 15 minutes of a 1–0 UEFA Europa League win against PAOK

Salvio scored his first goal of the campaign on 3 April 2014, netting the game's only in an away success over AZ Alkmaar, for the same competition. His only other goal that came against Porto in the Portuguese Cup semi-finals as the Eagles reached the final with a 3–1 victory. On 20 April 2014, he suffered another injury, this time breaking his arm in a 2–0 win against Olhanense, as the Eagles clinched their 33rd league title in the same day. Although being expected to be out for the remainder of the season, he returned to the fields just ten days later, coming on as a substitute in a 0–0 draw against Juventus, with Benfica reaching their second consecutive UEFA Europa League final. Although Salvio's season was injury-plagued, he enjoyed great success as the club won the domestic treble. He started the new season with goals against Paços de Ferreira and Vitória Sétubal. He scored his first European goal of the season, against Bayer Leverkusen on 1 October 2014. Four days later, he scored his third league goal of the season, against Arouca, and made one assist in a 4–0 home win. On 22 November, he scored twice in a 4–1 win against Moreirense in the fourth round of Portuguese Cup.

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