NICKY SALIBA

Nicky Saliba was born on August 26, 1966, he started his career with Msida in the Second Division in 1983. He mad his first-team debut for the Saints on January 8, 1983 in a 3-0 victory over Qormi.
Although only 17, Saliba played like a veteran. Saliba kept his place in the team and by 1987, he had already played 41 times for the club, scoring 12 goals in the process.

In 1987 Valletta FC signed Nicky Saliba. In a career spanning over 16 years, Nicky won 28 major honours including the Footballer of the Year award twice in 1991/92 and 1998/99.

An attacking midfielder with an appetite for scoring goals, Saliba led the City team though the greatest period in its history. Making his debut for the Citizens on September 20, 1987, against Mosta, he went on to play more than 400 competitive mathces for the club before retiring in 2003.

Surely, 1996/97 was a particularly happy season for the Valletta and Malta midfielder. That year, he helped the Citizens to a record five major honours. In 2000/01 the Citizens went one better. They won the league championship for the fourth time in five years together with five other major competitions, including the Centenary Cup. It was a fantastic achievement.

Saliba played his first match for Malta on November 23, 1988 in a 1-1 draw against Cyprus. He went on to represent the country in 69 internationals and scored four goals. He also played four times for Malta U-21. Nicky Saliba retired at the end of season 2002-03, leaving behind him a huge void which Valletta will find very difficult to fill. However Nicky Saliba will never be forgotten by the City faithful. He remains forever a symbol of the greatest period in the history of football in the capital city.