Ex-Barça: Javier Saviola joins Málaga

Ex-Barça: Javier Saviola joins Málaga

Former FC Barcelona striker Javier Saviola (31), who was with the club from 2001 to 2007, has joined Málaga from Portuguese club SL Benfica.

Málaga yesterday announced that they had signed Javier Saviola (31). Saviola joined River Plate’s first team in 1998, where he stayed for three seasons, scoring 44 goals, until he moved to FC Barcelona.  He scored 44 goals during his first three seasons with the Catalan Club, until he was loaned to AS Monaco in 2004, where he scored eight goals.  In 2005, Saviola moved to Sevilla FC, scoring nine goals.  He returned to Barcelona in 2006/07, and the following year, he signed a two-season contract with Real Madrid. After that, he’s been with SL Benfica for the last three seasons, scoring a total of 24 goals.

While with FC Barcelona, he won just a single trophy, the Spanish Super Cup in 2006. Saviola has represented Argentina at the senior level as well and has played 40 matches for his country, scoring 11 goals. He also won the Gold medal in Men’s football in the 2004 summer Olympics held in Athens. He retired from international football on 5 December 2009.

Source: malagacf.com; Image: malagacf.com