Before playing for Real Madrid's Fernando Rubén Gago also played for Boca Juniors, and now on loan to Serie A club AS Roma from Real Madrid for several seasons.
Full name : Fernando Rubén Gago
Date of birth : 10 April 1986 (age 25)
Place of birth : Ciudadela, Argentina
Height : 1.77 m (5 ft 9 1 / 2 in)
Playing position : Defensive midfielder
Current club : Roma
Number : 19
Gago, who came from the youth divisions of Boca Juniors, made his professional debut with Boca in the 1-0 victory over Quilmes on 5 December 2004. Despite his youth, he Quickly Became an essential part of the Boca midfield, and attracted attention from European clubs Such as Real Madrid and Barcelona.
On 15 November 2006, Real Madrid president confirmed the signings of Gago as well as compatriot Gonzalo Higuain of River Plate, as part of his policy to sign younger players to gradually replace the older stars in the squad. During the 2006 South American transfer saga, Gago's name was also linked with AC Milan. However, Ariedo Braida, Milan's top transfer guru, was quoted as saying, "They [Gago and Higuain] only want to go to Madrid".
Gago made his debut for Real Madrid in the 2-0 La Liga defeat against Deportivo La Coruña on 7 January 2007. Defeated Real Madrid Real Zaragoza 1-0, with a goal from Ruud van Nistelrooy, created by fellow new signing Gonzalo Higuain. Real managed to beat Recreativo 3-2 at the Estadio Nuevo Colombino and went on to win the league title. Before the start of the 2007-08 season, Gago changed his number from 16 to 8. In his second season at the club, Gago displayed his true ability with a series of top class performances in the center of Madrid's La Liga-winning midfield.
During the January transfer window Gago was very close to signing for Manchester City. In the beginning of the 2008-09 season, Gago only played two games due to an injury he picked up During the Champions League match against BATE Borisov. Madrid won 3-2 and Gago was praised for his match-winning performances in the midfield with Wesley Sneijder. Also in this season, Gago scored his first goal for Madrid, a header from a indirect free kick delivered by Guti against Sevilla FC to tie the game 3-3, however They went on to lose the game 3-4 with a goal from Renato in the 82nd minute of the match. Gago willingly Offered his number 8 shirt to new arrival Kaká and took number 5, the same number he wears for Argentina.Under Jose Mourinho, Gago has struggled to get gametime Because of a lengthy injury spell and Mourinho's preference of Xabi Alonso and Sami Khedira in the defensive midfield.
On 31 August 2011, Fernando Gago moved on loan to Serie A side Roma with a view to a permanent move, until the end of the 2011-12 season, after almost 100 Appearances for Real Madrid in La Liga During his four and a half years stay at the club.He scored his first goal for Roma against Lecce on November 20. Roma won 2:1.