Cristian "Kily" González #5 Rosario Central (Argentina) Match Worn Shirt for Argentine Apertura Tournament 2006.
*Provenance: Player Collection with PICS*
Cristian Alberto 'Kily' González Peret (born 4 August 1974) is an Argentine former professional footballer who played mainly as a left winger. He started his career with Rosario Central which he would represent in three different spells, moving to Spain in 1996 where he appeared for Zaragoza and Valencia, amassing La Liga totals of 182 matches and 23 goals during seven seasons and winning the national championship with the latter. He also spent three years in Italy with Inter Milan.González's spell in the Argentine national team lasted for ten years, in which he was selected for the 2002 World Cup and two Copa América tournaments, for a total of 56 caps.Born in Rosario, Santa Fe, González started playing with local Rosario Central, making his Argentine Primera Division debut on 18 December 1993 in a 0–2 away loss against Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata. After two years he moved to Boca Juniors, spending the 1995–96 season there and playing alongside Diego Maradona. In 1996, González was transferred to Real Zaragoza. He appeared in his first game in La Liga on 8 September by playing 19 minutes in a 2–1 win at Sevilla FC and, during his three-year spell in Aragon, shared teams with countryman Gustavo López who was also a winger. Subsequently, González joined fellow league club Valencia CF for 1,300,000 pesetas, being teammate to also Argentines Pablo Aimar and Roberto Ayala for several seasons and contributing with 31 matches and two goals in the 2001–02 campaign as his team won the league title after a 31-year wait. Following the emergence of younger Vicente he became surplus to requirements – only 13 appearances and 546 minutes of action in his last year, which also included a run-in with manager Rafael Benítez – and left the Che as a free agent; additionally, he amassed UEFA Champions League combined totals of 31 matches and five goals as they reached the final in 2000 and 2001, and was granted Spanish nationality in early January 2001. In summer 2003, González followed Valencia coach Héctor Cuper to Inter Milan, and again shared teams with several compatriots.He was used mainly as a substitute during his tenure, playing 75 official games and failing to find the net. Aged 32, González returned to his country and Rosario Central, going on to still be an important first-team member during three top flight seasons. On 4 August 2009, he joined San Lorenzo de Almagro who was managed by former national teammate Diego Simeone; after the former's relegation, however, he decided to rejoin for a third spell and help in the Primera B Nacional campaign, following which he retired at 37. An Argentine international since 1995, González made his debut on 8 November in a 0–1 home defeat to Brazil. He was selected by manager Marcelo Bielsa for his 1999 Copa América squad, scoring one of his nine goals in the nation's 2–0 group stage win against Uruguay as the former went on to reach the quarter finals only to be eliminated by eventual champions Brazil. He went on to become a regular member of the starting eleven under that coach, and also participated in the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Japan and South Korea, starting against England (and being replaced) and also appearing against Nigeria and Sweden in an eventual group stage exit.
Two years later, again under Bielsa, González was selected for the 2004 Summer Olympics tournament as one of three overaged players.He featured in all games and scored in the opener against Serbia (6–0), helping the Albiceleste win gold in Athens.
González also took part in the 2004 Copa América, netting three times in the tournament: his first two came in the group stage, in Argentina's victories against Ecuador and Uruguay, and his last was a penalty in regulation time in the final against Brazil, which eventually ended in a shootout loss with the player again converting his attempt.
Shirt details: Kappa trademark. Made in Argentina. Size XL. Rosario Central shield stitched on the shirt. Number stamped on the shirt. See photos for all details!!