Argentina's star-studded 2008 gold medallists: Where are they now?

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Ezequiel Garay

Playing in every match at the 2008 Olympics bar the group-ending dead-rubber with Serbia, 1.89m centre-back Garay helped the Argentine defence concede just two goals in six matches – tight, but then they didn’t concede any en route to gold in 2004.

Having been plucked from Newell’s Old Boys by Racing Santander in late 2005, Garay was bought by Real Madrid the month before the Olympics but never nailed down a permanent Bernabeu berth and in 2011 was shipped to Benfica in the Fabio Coentrao swap deal.

In 2014 the Eagles did the domestic treble and lost a second successive Europa League final; Garay was signed by Zenit St Petersburg shortly before his shootout penalty helped send Argentina to the World Cup final, where he was one of seven players who had also appeared in the 2008 Olympic decider.

Turning 30 this October, Garay is still a fixture in the transfer gossip columns, most recently linked with Manchester United. – By Gary Parkinson