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Álex Dario Aguinaga Garzón (born July 9, 1968 in Ibarra) is a retired Ecuadorian football midfielder. He is one of the all-time cap leaders for Ecuador with 109 matches, scoring 23 goals. Aguinaga is known as one of the best Ecuadorian footballers of all time. On the club level, Aguinaga has played for Deportivo Quito, Necaxa, Cruz Azul and LDU Quito.
Alex spent the majority of his club career at Necaxa, whom he joined in 1989, winning 3 championships with the club. During his career, Alex was approached by many major European clubs, including Inter Milan and Real Madrid. However, Alex gave Necaxa his last word. He stated that all he needed to hear was the club did not want him and that would incite him to sign with another club, but the owners were wise enough to keep him and for over 13 years, Aguinaga defended the red and white jersey. He played for his country in the 2002 FIFA World Cup at the age of 34. Aguinaga transferred over to Cruz Azul in 2003 after Necaxa moved to Aguascalientes. He retired with LDU Quito in 2005 and is currently working with Necaxa as a sub-director of management. He also holds a Mexican passport because he spent most of his football career in Mexico playing for Necaxa mostly and Cruz Azul. His grandfather is of Spanish descent.
Ecuador: 102 appearances | 23 goals
1984-1989 Deportivo Quito 147 appearances | 38 goals
1989-2003 Necaxa 473 apprearances | 84 goals
2003-2004 Cruz Azul 13 apprearances |
2004-2005 LDQ Quito 70 apprearances | 9 goals
1994-1995 Copa México - Necaxa
1994-1995 Primera División México - Necaxa
1994-1995 Supercopa Mexicana - Necaxa
1994 Recopa de la CONCACAF - Necaxa
1995-1996 Primera División México - Necaxa
1998 Torneo de Invierno - Necaxa
1999 Copa de Campeones de la CONCACAF - Necaxa
2005 Serie A de Ecuador (Clausura) - LDQ Quito