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Fernando Gago

Fernando Rubén Gago (born 10 April 1986 in Ciudadela, Buenos Aires, Greater Buenos Aires) is an Argentina Association football who plays for Serie A club A.S. Roma, on loan from Real Madrid C.F., and the Argentina national football team.

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Fernando Gago biography

Fernando Rubén Gago (born 10 April 1986 in Ciudadela, Buenos Aires, Greater Buenos Aires) is an Argentina Association football who plays for Serie A club A.S. Roma, on loan from Real Madrid C.F., and the Argentina national football team.


Boca Juniors

Gago, who came from the youth divisions of Boca Juniors, made Fernando Gago professional debut with Boca in the 1–0 victory over Quilmes Atlético Club on 5 December 2004. Despite Fernando Gago youth, Fernando Gago quickly became an essential part of the Boca midfield, and attracted attention from European clubs such as Real Madrid C.F.
and FC Barcelona.

Real Madrid

On 15 November 2006, Real Madrid C.F. President confirmed the signings of Gago as well as compatriot Gonzalo Higuaín of Club Atlético River Plate, as part of Fernando Gago policy to sign younger players to gradually replace the older stars in the squad. However, news of Higuaín's departure to Madrid was premature as River Plate rejected a €10 million bid for the striker, stating they would prefer Fernando Gago remain until at least June 2007. During the 2006 South American transfer saga, Gago's name was also linked with A.C. Milan. However, Ariedo Braida, Milan's top transfer guru, was quoted as saying, "They Gago and Higuaín only want to go to Madrid". The transfer was finally agreed on 19 December 2006 for euro20.4 million. Since the move, Fernando Gago has been very impressive in the defensive midfield position, which led to comparisons to former Argentina "number 5" Fernando Redondo from Jorge Valdano and many other pundits.

Gago made Fernando Gago debut for Madrid in the 2–0 La Liga defeat against Deportivo de La Coruña on 7 January 2007. This promised to be an exciting start for the extremely talented midfielder. However, due to the poor team performance, Gago was unable to display Fernando Gago talent, and after being at fault for the opening goal by breaking from the rest of the defensive wall at a free-kick, Fernando Gago was replaced by substitute Ronaldo. However, a week later against Real Zaragoza at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Gago's performance lifted along with that of Fernando Gago teammates. Fernando Gago defensive game picked up considerably as Fernando Gago fought hard in midfield, while also demonstrating vision by delivering several through balls to the attackers. Real Madrid defeated Real Zaragoza 1–0, with a goal from Ruud van Nistelrooy, created by fellow new signing Gonzalo Higuaín.

On 20 May 2007, with the score tied at 2–2 against Recreativo de Huelva, Madrid looked set to return the lead back to rivals FC Barcelona until Fernando Gago gave a last minute assist to Roberto Carlos (footballer), who scored at the end of the match and the squad left Huelva with just three "finals" left to play. Real managed to beat Recreativo 3–2 at the Estadio Nuevo Colombino and went on to win the league title.

Before the start of the 2007–08 Real Madrid C.F. season, Gago changed Fernando Gago number from 16 to 8. In Fernando Gago second season at the club, Gago displayed Fernando Gago true ability with a series of top class performances in the centre of Madrid's La Liga-winning midfield. Fernando Gago managed to claim a first team spot in place of Mahamadou Diarra and was a key figure in the club's second successive league title.

During the January transfer window Gago was very close to signing for Manchester City F.C.. Fernando Gago had agreed personal terms although an agreement worth about £15m could not be agreed between both teams.

In the beginning of the 2008–09 Real Madrid C.F. season, Gago only played two games due to an injury Fernando Gago picked up during the UEFA Champions League 2008-2009 match against FC BATE. Fernando Gago managed to recover in time and was named in the starting eleven for 27 October La Liga clash against Athletic Bilbao. Madrid won 3–2 and Gago was praised for Fernando Gago match-winning performance in the midfield with Wesley Sneijder. Also in this season, Gago scored Fernando Gago first goal for Madrid, a header from a indirect free kick delivered by José María Gutiérrez against Sevilla FC to tie the game 3–3, however they went on to lose the game 3–4 with a goal from Renato Dirnei Florêncio in the 82nd minute of the match. Against Villarreal CF, Fernando Gago started in central midfield along with new signing Lassana Diarra and they put in a solid performance together.

At the end of the season, Fabio Cannavaro returned to Juventus F.C.. This left the number 5 shirt, which Gago had initially wanted when Fernando Gago first signed for Real Madrid, was now available. Gago willingly offered Fernando Gago number 8 shirt to new arrival Kaká and took number 5, the same number Fernando Gago wears for Argentina national football team.

Under Jose Mourinho, Gago has struggled to get gametime because of a lengthy injury spell and Mourinho's preference of Xabi Alonso and Sami Khedira in the defensive midfield.


On 31 August 2011, Fernando Gago moved on loan to Serie A side A.S. Roma with a view to a permanent move, until the end of the 2011-12 season, after almost 100 appearances for Real Madrid C.F. in La Liga during Fernando Gago 4 and a half years stay at the club.

Fernando Gago scored Fernando Gago first goal for Roma against U.S. Lecce on 20 November. Roma won 2:1.

National team

Gago was part of the under-20 squad which won the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship and was one of many touted "future stars" in the competition. Though Fernando Gago wasn't named in the squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, Fernando Gago received a call-up a year later and played in the 2007 Copa America. Since then, Fernando Gago has been a regular squad member. Under Diego Maradona Fernando Gago was often in the starting line-up but was not included in the squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Personal life

Gago, Sergio Agüero and Lionel Messi had all been teammates as children back in Argentina. Together, the three of them won the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in the Netherlands.

With Argentina Fernando Gago won Football at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Fernando Gago is also a literature and art enthusiast. The first thing Fernando Gago did after landing in Spain was visit the Museo del Prado. Fernando Gago earned the nickname El Pintita ever since Ramón Maddoni scolded Fernando Gago for playing with Fernando Gago hair. Also, Fernando Gago Boca Juniors teammates would call Fernando Gago so because Fernando Gago youth squad coach would scold Fernando Gago "stop painting and run!"

Gago is married to professional tennis player Gisela Dulko.


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