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Salvador Cabañas
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Personal information
Full name Salvador Cabañas Ortega
Date of birth August 5, 1980 (1980-08-05) (age 29)
Place of birth Asunción, Paraguay
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club América
Number 10
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2001 12 de Octubre 28 (12)
1999 Guaraní (loan) 20 (6)
2001–2003 Audax Italiano 53 (29)
2003–2006 Chiapas 103 (59)
2006– América 115 (66)
National team
2004– Paraguay 44 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of January 25, 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 14, 2009

Salvador Cabañas Ortega (born August 5, 1980) is a Paraguayan football striker who plays for Club América in the Mexican Primera División. A prolific and natural goalscorer, he is known for his array of skills on the field such as excellent heading, accurate shooting with either foot, receptions in tight spaces, and a combination of technique, power and positional sense.[1]




Early years

Cabañas started his career at Paraguayan club 12 de Octubre, where he was promoted to the first division by then coach Alicio Solalinde, scoring a hugely impressive 17 goals in his first season. He moved to a different team, Guaraní, where he had a brief stint before moving to Audax Italiano of Chile. In the 2003 Apertura tournament of the Chilean Primera División Cabañas netted an impressive 18 goals and was the top goalscorer.

Years in Mexico

Afterwards, he joined Jaguares of Mexico from Audax Italiano before the Mexican 2003 Apertura tournament. That season, Cabañas went on to play in 18 games for the team, scoring five goals. He came into his own in the 2004 Clausura however, as he scored 15 goals in 20 games for the club. He would lead the club in goals again in the 2004 Apertura, with eight in 16 matches.

Following the Clausura 2006 season in which Cabañas won his first goalscoring crown in the Mexican League, he attracted the attention of Club América, one of the most important clubs in the country, and was signed by the Mexico City squad prior to the Apertura 2006 season.

Cabañas became América's most prolific goalscorer for 2007, finishing up the first half of the year with an impressive 19 goals between 2007 Copa Libertadores (in which he became the top-scorer with 10 goals) and the Primera División de México. He started the second half of the year with a single goal in the North American SuperLiga, then scored 4 more goals in the 2007 Copa Sudamericana, and has scored 9 more in the Primera División de México, bringing his year's total with the club to 33 goals. His top form in 2007 earned him the Paraguayan Footballer of the Year and South American Footballer of the Year awards.

For 2008, Cabañas has started where he left off in 2007. He has scored 3 goals in the 2008 InterLiga, scored 8 in the 2008 Copa Libertadores (in which, for a consecutive second time, he became the top-scorer), and has scored 6 more goals in the Primera División de México. He started the second half of the year with 6 goals in the Primera División de México, bringing his year's total to 23 goals with the club.

Cabanas started 2009 by scoring his first goal in the 2009 InterLiga and scoring 13 more goals in the Primera División de México. He then finished the second half of the year with 12 goals in the Primera División de México. Taking his tally to 26 goals for the year. On January 18, against Santos Laguna, he scored two goals, taking his personal tally to 100 goals in the Primera División de México.[2]

For 2010, Cabañas again has started the year scoring 4 goals in the 2010 InterLiga.

He scored 2 goals in the 2010 Bicentenario in the only 2 games he played.


Cabañas was shot in the head inside the "Bar Bar" night club in Mexico City early January 25th, 2010.[3] Cabañas received medical attention during the early hours of January 25th, 2010.[4] Later on the day he was submited to a craniotomy but doctors decided that it was too risky to proceed and the bullet was not extracted. He remains critical but stable. [5] According to his wife, he tried to react against a robbery,[6] although this account is disputed by reports that the assault was the result of a taunting incident in the bar's bathroom.[7] He left intensive care in late February and is hoping to recover fully in time to compete in the FIFA World Cup 2010. Doctors dealing with Cabañas have described his recovery so far as "tremendous". [8] However, it is announced he does have short-term memory loss and may not recover until 1-3 years. [9] He gave his first interview on March 12, 2010 in appreciation to all the people who prayed for him.


Individual honors

Other honors

  • Salvador finished 2007 as the second striker with most goals in the world.[11]
  • Chosen for the "Ideal Eleven" of South America in 2007 [12]
  • Salvador is the all-time top scorer of all Mexican teams in their history in the Copa Libertadores.[13]


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