Roberto Ayala

Argentine footballer

Roberto Fabián Ayala ([roˈβeɾto faˈβjan aˈʝala]; born 14 April 1973), nicknamed El Ratón ("The Mouse"), is an Argentine former footballer who played as a centre back for the Argentina national football team, as well as Valencia and Real Zaragoza in Spain, Milan and Napoli in Italy, and Ferro Carril, River Plate and Racing Club in his native Argentina.

Roberto Ayala
Ayala in 2018
Personal information
Full name Roberto Fabián Ayala[1]
Date of birth (1973-04-14) 14 April 1973 (age 50)
Place of birth Paraná, Argentina
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Argentina (field assistant)
Youth career
Ferro Carril Oeste
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1993 Ferro Carril Oeste 73 (1)
1993–1995 River Plate 41 (0)
1995–1998 Napoli 87 (1)
1998–2000 Milan 24 (0)
2000–2007 Valencia 187 (9)
2007–2010 Real Zaragoza 74 (4)
2010–2011 Racing Club 15 (0)
Total 501 (15)
National team
1996 Argentina U23 6 (0)
2004 Argentina Olympic (O.P.) 6 (0)
1994–2007 Argentina 116[2] (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Career statistics change

Club change

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Ferro Carril Oeste 1991–92 Primera División 19 0 19 0
1992–93 36 1 36 0
1993 18 1 3[a] 0 21 1
Total 73 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 76 1
River Plate 1994 Primera División 16 0 16 0
1994–95 25 0 12 1 37 1
Total 41 0 0 0 12 1 0 0 53 1
Napoli 1995–96 Serie A 29 0 1 0 30 1
1996–97 30 1 6 0 36 1
1997–98 28 0 2 0 30 0
Total 87 1 9 0 0 0 0 0 96 1
Milan 1998–99 Serie A 11 0 2 0 13 0
1999-00 13 0 3 0 6 0 22 0
Total 24 0 5 0 6 0 0 0 35 0
Valencia 2000–01 La Liga 28 1 2 0 9 2 39 3
2001–02 29 2 1 0 7 0 37 2
2002–03 31 1 12 0 2[b] 0 45 1
2003–04 30 1 5 0 10 0 45 1
2004–05 17 0 17 0
2005–06 23 2 6[c] 0 29 2
2006–07 29 2 4 0 8 1 41 3
Total 187 9 14 0 52 3 2 0 253 12
Villarreal 2006–07 La Liga 0 0 0 0 0
Zaragoza 2007–08 La Liga 33 1 4 0 2 0 39 1
2008–09 Segunda División 28 3 28 3
2009–10 La Liga 13 0 1 0 14 0
Total 74 4 5 0 2 0 0 0 81 4
Racing 2009–10 Primera División 15 0 15 0
Career total 501 15 34 0 72 4 5 0 609 19
  1. Appearances in the Copa Centenario de la AFA.
  2. Appearances in the Supercopa de España.
  3. Appearances in the Intertoto Cup.

International change

Appearances and goals by national team and year[3]
National team Year Apps Goals
Argentina 1994 3 0
1995 14 0
1996 6 0
1997 7 0
1998 13 1
1999 12 1
2000 11 1
2001 8 0
2002 1 0
2003 6 0
2004 10 1
2005 8 2
2006 7 1
2007 9 0
Total 115 7
Scores and results list Argentina's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Ayala goal.
List of international goals scored by Roberto Ayala
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 19 February 1998 Mendoza, Argentina   Romanian League 2–1 Unofficial Friendly[4]
2 7 September 1999 Porto Alegre, Brazil   Brazil 2–4 Friendly
3 26 April 2000 Maracaibo, Venezuela   Venezuela 1–0 4–0 World Cup 2002 Qualifying
4 13 July 2004 Piura, Peru   Uruguay 3–2 4–2 2004 Copa América
5 12 November 2005 Geneva, Switzerland   England 2–3 Friendly
6 16 November 2005 Doha, Qatar   Qatar 3–0 Friendly
7 30 June 2006 Berlin, Germany   Germany 1–0 1–1 (2–4 PS) 2006 FIFA World Cup

Honours change

Player change

River Plate

Napoli

Milan

Valencia

Argentina

Argentina U23

Individual

Assistant manager change

Argentina

References change

  1. "2006 FIFA World Cup Germany: List of Players: Argentina" (PDF). FIFA. 21 March 2014. p. 2. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 June 2019.
  2. "AFA rinde homenaje a Messi y Kun Agüero por su récord de partidos".
  3. "Roberto Fabián Ayala – Century of International Appearances". RSSSF. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  4. International Matches 1998 Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 12 March 2008.
  5. "South American Team of the Year". RSSSF. 16 January 2009. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  6. "UEFA Club Football Awards". UEFA. 1 May 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  7. Karel Stokkermans (14 March 2007). "ESM XI". RSSSF. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  8. "France, Italy dominate World Cup all-star squad". CBC. 7 July 2006. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  9. "IFFHS ALL TIME ARGENTINA MEN'S DREAM TEAM". 26 August 2021.

Other websites change