Celso Ayala

Celso Rafael Ayala Gavilán (locally [ˈselso rafaˈel aˈʝala ɣaβiˈlan]; born 20 August 1970) is a retired Paraguayan footballer who played as a defender and current manager of River Plate Asunción.

Celso Ayala
Personal information
Full name Celso Rafael Ayala Gavilán
Date of birth (1970-08-20) 20 August 1970 (age 50)
Place of birth Asunción, Paraguay
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position(s) Central Defender
Club information
Current team
River Plate (Manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1994 Olimpia Asunción ? (?)
1994 Rosario Central 15 (0)
1995–1998 River Plate 140 (8)
1998–1999 Betis 17 (1)
1999–2000 Atlético Madrid 19 (1)
2000 São Paulo 8 (0)
2001–2005 River Plate 60 (3)
2006 Colo-Colo 6 (0)
National team
1992 Paraguay U-23
1993–2003 Paraguay 85 (6)
Teams managed
2012–2013 Carapeguá
2014 Independiente
2014–2015 Guabirá
2015 Sport Boys
2015 Petrolero
2016–2017 Independiente
2017–2018 Nacional
2019 Deportivo Capiatá
2019–2020 Sportivo Luqueño
2020– River Plate Asunción
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


With 85 caps and 6 goals, he is one of the most capped players in the Paraguayan national team.[1] Ayala became a key player in Paraguay's outstanding defensive line in the 1990s, along with fellow defenders Francisco Arce and Carlos Gamarra. His characteristics were leadership in the field, good positioning and superb tackling and heading skills. Ayala made his international debut for the Paraguay national football team on 3 March 1993 in the Copa Paz de Chico match against Bolivia (1–0 win) as a substitute.



Olimpia Asunción
River Plate
Real Betis


Paraguay U-23


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