Argentina's star-studded 2008 gold medallists: Where are they now?
At just 30 years of age, Gago is already fighting to resurrect his career after spending most of the past year in the treatment room. Tipped for stardom after winning the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship, he was already a regular starter at Real Madrid when he helped Argentina to the gold medal in Beijing. He was also in the squad that lost to Germany in the 2014 World Cup final.
After five seasons at Madrid, and falling down the pecking order under Jose Mourinho in the 2010/11 season, the central midfielder went on a season-long loan to Roma.
That was followed by a move back to La Liga in July 2012, this time signing for Valencia, but that only lasted a few months before Gago was on the move again, this time on loan to Velez Sarsfield in Argentina.
In July 2013, Gago returned to Boca Juniors – the club where he first started playing football – but he has been plagued by injuries of late. He partially ruptured his left Achilles tendon against River Plate in September and then suffered the same injury just 45 minutes into his return in April. – By Vijhay Vick