Toto Salvio, aged 29, transfers from Sport Lisboa e Benfica to Boca Juniors. The Argentinean winger returns to his home country after having won 14 trophies playing for the Reds.
He arrived at Benfica in 2010/11, on loan from Atletico Madrid, and he returned – to stay – in 2012/13. Since then, and eight seasons later, titles, goals, assists, unforgettable dribbles, breathtaking plays and more than 250 matches.
An Argentinean international, Salvio has is name etched in the history of the Club for having become Four-time national champion. In total, he won 14 trophies in eight years: 5 National Championships, 4 League Cups, 2 Portuguese Cups, and 3 Super Cups.
August 28, 2010. Benfica hosted Vitória de Setúbal in a game from matchweek 3 of the 2010/11 National Championship. At Estádio da Luz, he featured in the starting eleven, but came off at 24’ to be replaced by the Spanish goalkeeper Roberto (Júlio César, a former Belenenses had been sent-off), in a match that the Reds won by 3-0.
The first(s) goal(s)
Less than four months later [December 18] he scored his first goal with the Sacred Mantle. In the home match against Rio Ave – a game from round 14 of the Championship – the Reds beat the team from Vila do Conde by 5-0, with a brace from Salvio (62’ and 74’).
The 250 matches
October 23, 2018. He reached a milestone achieved by very few players. In Amsterdam, in The Netherlands, Salvio carried out his 250th with Benfica’s jersey, against Ajax, for the Champions League (a 1-0 loss).
Looking at the European competitions, in the Champions League the winger wore the eagles’ jersey in 38 occasions, racking up another 22 appearances in the Europa League. In terms of domestic competitions: 166 matches in the National Championship, 21 in the Portuguese Cup, 16 in the League Cup, and 3 in the Super Cup.
Stats at Benfica
Text: Filipa Fernandes Garcia
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