Dani (left) in 1978
|Full name||Daniel Ruiz-Bazán Justa|
|Date of birth||28 June 1951|
|Place of birth||Sopuerta, Spain|
|Height||1.69 m (5 ft 6 1⁄2 in)|
|1972–1974||→ Barakaldo (loan)||65||(9)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
During his career he played almost exclusively for Athletic Bilbao, scoring nearly 200 official goals (exactly 199) in more than one decade with the first team.
Born in Sopuerta, Biscay, Dani played his youth football in various clubs in the Basque Country, arriving in Athletic Bilbao in 1971 at the age of 20 and playing one full season with the reserve side in the third division.
After two years loaned at neighbouring Barakaldo CF in the second level he returned to his alma mater, scoring in double digits for nine of the following ten years. Dani's first La Liga match occurred on 29 September 1974 in a 0–3 away loss against Valencia CF and, in the 1976–77 season, as the Lions reached the final of the UEFA Cup and won the Copa del Rey, also finishing third in the league, he netted a total of 29 goals in 46 official games; in the latter competition, during his 12-year stint with the club, he reached the 20-goal mark twice.
Dani helped Athletic to back-to-back league titles in his later years (1983–84), although he was only a fringe player in the latter campaign – ten matches, three goals – due to the emergence of another youth product of the club, Manuel Sarabia. He would be further pushed down the pecking order after the first-team promotion of Julio Salinas, and eventually retired in June 1986 at the age of 35, having scored 147 league goals in 302 appearances.
|1.||25 January 1978||Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain||Italy||2–0||2–1||Friendly|
|2.||29 March 1978||El Molinón, Gijón, Spain||Norway||3–0||3–0||Friendly|
|3.||26 April 1978||Los Cármenes, Granada, Spain||Mexico||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
|4.||3 June 1978||José Almafitani, Buenos Aires, Argentina||Austria||1–1||2–1||1978 FIFA World Cup|
|5.||4 April 1979||Stadionul Central, Craiova, Romania||Romania||1–1||2–2||Euro 1980 qualifying|
|6.||4 April 1979||Stadionul Central, Craiova, Romania||Romania||2–2||2–2||Euro 1980 qualifying|
|7.||26 September 1979||Balaídos, Vigo, Spain||Portugal||1–0||1–1||Friendly|
|8.||23 January 1980||Balaídos, Vigo, Spain||Netherlands||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|9.||18 June 1980||San Paolo, Naples, Italy||England||1–1||1–2||UEFA Euro 1980|
|10.||12 November 1980||Sarrià, Barcelona, Spain||Poland||1–1||1–2||Friendly|
- Athletic Bilbao
- La Liga: 1982–83, 1983–84
- Copa del Rey: 1983–84
- Supercopa de España: 1984
- UEFA Cup: Runner-up 1976–77
- Athletic Bilbao profile
- BDFutbol profile
- National team data (Spanish)
- Daniel Ruiz at National-Football-Teams.com
- Daniel Ruiz – FIFA competition record