A Chilean legend, Salas was a great goalscoring forward. He won numerous titles and awards throughout his career, his best period coming with Lazio where he won an Italian Cup, A UEFA Cup Winners Cup and he scored the winner that defeat Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup in 1999.
Born in Temuco, Chile, Salas began his professional career at Universidad de Chile. He stayed with the club for two seasons, winning the league championship twice. He scored 76 in all competitions for the Universidad. During his spell at Universidad, Salas made his debut for the Chilean national team. He would go on to represent Chile 70 times and score 37 goals, still a national record. He had a formidable partnership with Ivan Zamorano and helped guide Chile to the second round of the World Cup in France 98. He also received the Bronze shoe at the tournament for being the third top goalscorer.
Prior to his move to Italy and Lazio, Salas had two very successful years at River Plate in Argentina, winning both the Apetura and Clausura, including a Supercopa Sudamericana.
On his arrival in Italy, Salas instantly won the Supercoppa Italiana, the annual Serie A curtain raiser. That season would prove to be successful for Lazio, as they went on to win the UEFA Cup Winners Cup. His second season with Lazio got even better, as Salas’ 12 league goals helped to bag a Serie A title for the Rome club. He was also the only goalscorer in the UEFA Super Final victory.
Salas spent one more year with Lazio before moving on to Juventus. His time with the Turin giants, was was torrid. He sustained many injuries and could never replicate the form he had shown at Lazio. He was eventually loaned back to River Plate, but his injury problems continued.
The deadly duo, Salas and Zamorano
A final move back to his first club Universidad, saw him manage to get back to decent scoring form before injury struck again. He eventually retired at the age of 33, to bring a close to Chile’s best ever goalscorers career.