Kily González

Kily González
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González in 2003
Personal information
Full nameCristian Alberto González Peret
Date of birth (1974-08-04) 4 August 1974 (age 44)
Place of birthRosario, Argentina
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing positionWinger
Youth career
Rosario Central
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1993–1995Rosario Central51(7)
1995–1996Boca Juniors37(3)
1996–1999Zaragoza90(15)
1999–2003Valencia92(8)
2003–2006Inter Milan51(0)
2006–2009Rosario Central76(10)
2009–2010San Lorenzo32(0)
2010–2011Rosario Central17(2)
Total446(45)
National team
1995–2005Argentina56(9)
2004Argentina U236(1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Cristian Alberto 'Kily' González Peret (born 4 August 1974) is an Argentine retired footballer who played mainly as a left winger.

He started his career with Rosario Central which he would represent in three different spells, moving to Spain in 1996 where he appeared for Zaragoza and Valencia, amassing La Liga totals of 182 matches and 23 goals during seven seasons and winning the national championship with the latter. He also spent three years in Italy with Inter Milan.

González's spell in the Argentine national team lasted for ten years, in which he was selected for the 2002 World Cup and two Copa América tournaments, for a total of 56 caps.

Club career

Early years

Born in Rosario, Santa Fe, González started playing with local Rosario Central, making his Argentine Primera División debut on 18 December 1993 in a 0–2 away loss against Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata.

After two years he moved to Boca Juniors, spending the 1995–96 season there and playing alongside Diego Maradona.[1]

Spain

In 1996, González was transferred to Real Zaragoza. He appeared in his first game in La Liga on 8 September by playing 19 minutes in a 2–1 win at Sevilla FC[2] and, during his three-year spell in Aragon, shared teams with countryman Gustavo López who was also a winger.[3]

Subsequently, González joined fellow league club Valencia CF for 1,300,000 pesetas,[4] being teammate to also Argentines Pablo Aimar and Roberto Ayala for several seasons and contributing with 31 matches and two goals in the 2001–02 campaign as his team won the league title after a 31-year wait. Following the emergence of younger Vicente he became surplus to requirements – only 13 appearances and 546 minutes of action in his last year, which also included a run-in with manager Rafael Benítez[5]– and left the Che as a free agent; additionally, he amassed UEFA Champions League combined totals of 31 matches and five goals as they reached the final in 2000 and 2001, and was granted Spanish nationality in early January 2001.[6]

Inter

In summer 2003, González followed Valencia coach Héctor Cuper to Inter Milan, and again shared teams with several compatriots.[7]

He was used mainly as a substitute during his tenure, playing 75 official games and failing to find the net.[8]

Return home

Aged 32, González returned to his country and Rosario Central, going on to still be an important first-team member during three top flight seasons. On 4 August 2009, he joined San Lorenzo de Almagro who was managed by former national teammate Diego Simeone; after the former's relegation, however, he decided to rejoin for a third spell and help in the Primera B Nacional campaign,[9] following which he retired at 37.

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