Rafael Lesmes

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Lesmes and the second or maternal family name is Bobed.

Rafael Lesmes Bobed (9 November 1926 – 8 October 2012) was a Spanish footballer who played as a defender.

Club career[edit]

Lesmes was born in Ceuta. During 12 La Liga seasons he played for Real Valladolid (1949–52, 1960–61) and Real Madrid (1952–60), appearing in 263 games in the competition. He began his career with local Atlético Tetuán (1945–49), and retired in 1962 still with Valladolid.

With Real Madrid, Lesmes was part of the team that won five consecutive European Cups.[1][2][3]

International career[edit]

Lesmes was selected for Spain's 1950 FIFA World Cup squad as an uncapped member. He would have to wait nearly five years to make his debut, however, appearing in a 1–2 friendly loss with France on 17 March 1955, in Madrid.

Lesmes' second and last international was a 6–2 win against Northern Ireland on 15 October 1958, in another exhibition game.[4][2]


Real Madrid

Personal life / Death[edit]

Lesmes' older brother, Francisco, was also a footballer and a defender. Often referred to as Lesmes I as he shared teams with his sibling for four seasons, he played his entire professional career with Valladolid, also being a Spanish international (two caps).[5]

Rafael died in Valladolid on 8 October 2012, one month shy of his 86th birthday.[6]


  1. ^ "Falleció Lesmes II" [Lesmes II has died] (in Spanish). Real Madrid's official website. 10 October 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Rafa Lesmes, muere la última leyenda" [Rafa Lesmes, the last legend dies] (in Spanish). La Información. 9 October 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Rafael Lesmes Bobed – Matches in European Cups". RSSSF. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "España, 6 – Irlanda del Norte, 2" [Spain, 6 – Northern Ireland, 2]. El Mundo Deportivo. 16 October 1958. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Leyendas del Real Valladolid C. F. – Lesmes I" [Real Valladolid C. F. legends – Lesmes I] (in Spanish). El Norte de Castilla. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Fallece Lesmes II, ganador de 5 Copas de Europa consecutivas" [Lesmes II, winner of 5 consecutive European Cups, dies] (in Spanish). ABC. 9 October 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 

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