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Roberto Ayala

Roberto Ayala
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Full nameRoberto Fabián Ayala
Date of birthApril 14, 1973(age 43)
Place of birthParaná, Argentina
Height1.77 m (5 ft 9.7 in)
Playing positionLibero/Centre back (retired)

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Roberto Fabián Ayala (born 14 April 1973), nicknamed el Ratón (in English: "the Mouse"), is a former Argentine football centre back.

Regarded as one of the best central defenders of his generation, Ayala captained the Argentine national team for more matches (63) than anyone else. He played in three World Cups and made a total 115 international appearances, with only Javier Zanetti getting more caps for Argentina. Roberto inherited the nickname of Ratón from Argentine 1974 World Cup player Rubén Ayala, though they are not related.

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