Leonardo Noeren Franco, popularly known as Leo Franco, is an Argentine football player currrently featuring for the Spanish giants Atletico Madrid. Franco plays as a goalkeeper and is an Argentine international.
Leo Franco started his professional club with the Argentine club Independiente in 1995. After playing just 2 matches in two seasons for them, Franco moved to Spain to play for lowly Merida UD. In 1998, Leo Franco was signed by Real Mallorca.
He made 148 appearances for Mallorca from 1998 to 2004 and also won the Copa del Rey in 2003. It was during his time at Mallorca that Leo Franco established himself as one of the best custodians in Spain.
In the summer of 2004, Leo Franco was signed by Atletico Madrid and he quickly cemented his place in the starting line-up at the Calderon and is now firmly the first choice goalkeeper at the Madrid club.
Leo Franco has played 4 international matches for Argentine. He played in the 2006 Germany World Cup, coming on as a substitute against the host nation in the quarter-finals.