Michel Salgado is a retired Spanish professional footballer who played as a left back during his career. He was known for his combative tackling and attacking play. Attesting to his aggressive style of play, Salgado’s former Real Madrid teammate Steve McManaman described him as the hardest person in the world, a genuine psychopath, even in training.
He spent an entire decade at Real Madrid where he really established himself as a top Spanish left back. He made an amazing 254 league appearances in total for Real Madrid, scoring four goals between 1999 and 2009. During a 15 year period in Spain, Salgado, who appeared in 343 La Liga games, scoring seven goals – represented the Spanish national team, collecting more than 50 caps and appearing in one World Cup and one European Championship.