ⓘ Xavi Aguado


ⓘ Xavi Aguado

Xavier Xavi Companys Aguado is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a central defender.

He spent 13 years with Real Zaragoza – 12 in La Liga – appearing in nearly 500 official matches and winning three major titles.


1. Club career

Born in Badalona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Aguado began playing as a senior with local club CF Badalona following a short spell in basketball. After two seasons at neighbours CE Sabadell FC in the second division, he joined Real Zaragoza of La Liga for the 1990–91 campaign, quickly establishing as first-choice whilst displaying aerial ability and leadership alike he would be early on named team captain.

Aguado was part of the Zaragoza side that beat Arsenal in the final of the 1994–95 UEFA Cup Winners Cup. From 1997 to 1999 he scored a combined nine league goals, including a brace in a 2–2 home draw against SD Compostela on 28 September 1997. However, during his 13-year career at the Aragonese, he also amassed a poor disciplinary record, collecting in the league alone 109 yellow cards and being sent off 18 times, the latter being an all-time worst in the competition.

After Zaragozas top flight relegation in 2001–02, Aguado retired from professional football he was still with the squad during the following season, but made no appearances whatsoever after 473 competitive games with the same team.