Ricardo Gallego

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Ricardo Gallego
Personal information
Full name Ricardo Gallego Redondo
Date of birth (1959-02-08) 8 February 1959 (age 55)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1973–1977 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1980 Castilla 63 (4)
1980–1989 Real Madrid 250 (23)
1989–1990 Udinese 30 (2)
1990–1992 Rayo Vallecano 31 (1)
Total 374 (30)
National team
1977 Spain U18 3 (1)
1977 Spain U20 3 (0)
1978 Spain U21 2 (0)
1980–1981 Spain B 4 (0)
1982–1988 Spain 42 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Gallego and the second or maternal family name is Redondo.

Ricardo Gallego Redondo (born 8 February 1959 in Madrid) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a defensive midfielder.

Most of his professional career was associated to Real Madrid, for which he appeared in more than 300 official games in nearly ten years, winning a total of ten major titles. He gained almost 45 caps for Spain, representing the nation in two World Cups and as many European Championships.

Club career[edit]

A product of La Liga powerhouse Real Madrid's youth system, Gallego made a quick impression with the first team, appearing in 26 matches in his debut year and being a midfield mainstay during the subsequent seasons as he totalled 250 first division matches with the conquest of, among others, four leagues, two Spanish cups and back-to-back UEFA Cups (1985–86); blessed with physical and technical ability alike, he could operate with equal efficiency as sweeper.[1]

In the 1986–87 campaign, Gallego contributed with 37 games and two goals (more than 3,000 minutes of play) as Real Madrid won the national championship, also reaching the semifinals of the domestic cup. On 15 March 1987, however, he unluckily landed on Miguel de Andrés' knee, and the Athletic Bilbao player ended his career after that game, a 2–1 win at the San Mamés Stadium.[2]

After a brief spell with Italy's Udinese Calcio, Gallego returned to Spain and Madrid, playing two seasons with Rayo Vallecano in the second division and contributing with 31 matches in his second and last, for an eventual promotion. Retiring at 33, he then worked with his last club in directorial capacities.

International career[edit]

Gallego earned 42 caps for Spain, his debut coming in a preparation match for the impending FIFA World Cup on home soil, a 24 February 1982 win with Scotland: after replacing FC Barcelona's Víctor Muñoz in the second half, he closed the score at 3–0.[3]

After being used only once during that World Cup, Gallego turned into an essential defensive element in the following two competitions: UEFA Euro 1984 (where Spain finished runners-up) and the 1986 FIFA World Cup, retiring from international play after Euro 88.

In mid-August 2011, he reunited with former Spain and Real Madrid teammate José Antonio Camacho, acting as his assistant in the Chinese national team.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 24 February 1982 Luis Casanova, Valencia, Spain  Scotland 3–0 3–0 Friendly
2. 26 May 1984 Charmilles, Geneva, Switzerland  Switzerland 0–2 0–4 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Real Madrid
Castilla

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