Gustavo Adrián López

Gustavo López
Personal information
Full name Gustavo Adrián López Pablo
Date of birth (1973-04-13) 13 April 1973 (age 44)
Place of birth Valentín Alsina, Argentina
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1995 Independiente 74 (9)
1996–1999 Zaragoza 105 (12)
1999–2007 Celta 238 (22)
2007–2008 Cádiz 33 (2)
Total 450 (45)
National team
1994–2003 Argentina 32 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Gustavo Adrián López Pablo (born 13 April 1973) is an Argentine retired footballer who played as a left winger.

He spent the vast majority of his professional career in Spain, amassing La Liga totals of 310 games and 33 goals over the course of 11 seasons (13 in the country overall), in representation of Zaragoza and Celta. He started his career with Independiente.

An Argentine international for nine years, López represented the nation at the 2002 World Cup and two Copa América tournaments.

Club career

Early years / Zaragoza

Born in Valentín Alsina, Buenos Aires, López began his career with local Club Atlético Independiente in 1991. He won four major titles with the club during his spell, all arriving in his last years.

In January 1996 López moved to Spain with Real Zaragoza, for a club record 420 million pesetas, making his La Liga debut on the 7th in a 1–1 home draw against Rayo Vallecano. He scored five goals in 32 games in his third full season, helping the Aragonese to the ninth position in the table; during most of his stint with the club, he partnered countryman Kily González. [1]

Celta

López rejoined former Zaragoza manager Víctor Fernández at Celta de Vigo in the 1999 summer, and quickly became an essential first-team unit. He netted twice in five appearances in the 2000–01 edition of the Copa del Rey, helping the side to the final against his former club (1–3 loss in Seville), then contributed with 33 matches (29 starts, 2.232 minutes of action) in the 2002–03 campaign as the Galicians finished fourth and qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in their history.

At the end of 2006–07, after having suffered his second relegation with Celta and having already renewed his contract twice by reducing his wages, 34-year-old López decided to leave the club, amassing official totals of 292 games and 29 goals. [2] He retired at the end of the following season, also dropping down a level with Cádiz CF, in Segunda División, [3] then worked as commentator for Canal+ on their coverage of the Argentine Primera División, as well as running training camps for children.