Walter Nicolás Gaitán Sayavedra
(born March 13, 1977 in La Rioja
) is an Argentine
who currently plays for Atlético de Rafaela
Gaitán began his career in Argentina with Rosario Central
in 1997. He left the team in 1998, however, moving to Villarreal CF
of the Spanish Liga
. After two years in Spain, he returned to Argentina in 2000, joining the prestigious Boca Juniors
. It is interesting to note that odd coincidences have made this player to always play with teams that have the yellow and blue colors(until signing with Necaxa). When Tigres qualified for the Copa Libertadores
, he wore the shirt of Rosario Central at the celebration.
Gaitán moved to Mexico
for the 2002 Apertura, signing with Tigres UANL
of the Primera División
. After scoring four goals in 15 games in his first season, Gaitán scored eight in the 2003 Clausura. He has been one of the best midfield in the Mexican league since his arrival and becoming the top goal-scorer of the 2005 Apertura. He was also named Best Player of the Clausura 2006 tournament.
He has been regarded by some as the best player in Tigres of the last few years. He was selected to wear the number 7, retired to honor team legend Gerónimo Barbadillo
, in Copa Libertadores
where regulations command that the number be used. The only other Tigres player to have that honor is Claudio "El Diablo" Nuñez
. Gaitán is also the all time top scorer in Copa Libertadores for Tigres along with......