Ezequiel Garay is an Argentine footballer who plays for Portuguese club Benfica and the Argentina national football team. Garay possesses world class strength, tackling and passing abilities making him one of the most feared defenders in world football.
Garay was born on the 10th of October 1986 in Rosario Argentina and he began his club career at Newell's Old Boys in 2004. At the early age of 18, he made his professional debut for hometown club Newell's Old Boys, in the Argentine top division. In December 2005 Garay joined La Liga club Racing de Santander, helping with seven complete matches as the Cantabria side barely avoided relegation (17th).
His first full season was nothing short of spectacular as he netted nine league goals in 31 games, being the second top scorer in his position in Europe's major leagues. On 18 May 2008 Racing sold Garay to Real Madrid, but received the player again in a season-long loan. Garay was only fourth-choice stopper in 2010Ã¢â‚¬â€œ11, under new manager José Mourinho, only appearing in five league matches. On 5 July 2011 Garay transferred to S.L. Benfica in Portugal, for a fee of Ã¢â€šÂ¬5.5 million. During his spell in Lisbon Garay shared teams with a host of compatriots, and often partnered another South American, LuisÃƒÂ£o, in the stopper positions.
Having previously played for several Argentina youth teams Garay made his senior debut in a friendly against Norway in August 2007 in a 2-1 loss.