Saviola during his presentation as a Benfica player, 2009
|Full name||Javier Pedro Saviola Fernández|
|Date of birth||11 December 1981|
|Place of birth||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
Ordino (assistant)Encamp (futsal)
|2004–2005||→ Monaco (loan)||29||(7)|
|2005–2006||→ Sevilla (loan)||29||(9)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
He represented both Barcelona and Real Madrid, also having notable spells with Benfica and Olympiacos, and was named as the youngest player on Pelé's FIFA 100 list of the 125 greatest living footballers in 2004. Due to his ancestry he also holds Spanish nationality since 2004, and he amassed La Liga totals of 196 games and 70 goals over the course of eight seasons; he started and finished his career at River Plate.
Saviola won league titles in Argentina, Spain, Portugal and Greece during his playing career, as well as a UEFA Cup. An Argentine international for seven years, he represented his country at the 2006 World Cup and the 2004 Copa América, where Argentina reached the final. He also won a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.