Rubén Rayos

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Rayo
Personal information
Full name Rubén Rayos Serna
Date of birth (1986-06-21) 21 June 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Elche, Spain
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Maccabi Haifa
Number 10
Youth career
Elche
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Elche B
2006–2008 Elche 0 (0)
2006–2008 Villajoyosa (loan) 62 (10)
2008–2009 Barcelona B 26 (1)
2009–2010 Barcelona 0 (0)
2009–2010 Orihuela 35 (8)
2010–2011 Lleida 33 (19)
2011–2013 Asteras Tripoli 62 (12)
2013– Maccabi Haifa 26 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 March 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Rayos and the second or maternal family name is Serna.

Rubén Rayos Serna, commonly known as Rayo (born 21 June 1986), is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Maccabi Haifa F.C. in the Israeli Premier League, as an attacking midfielder.

Football career[edit]

Rayo was born in Elche. He finished his formation with local Valencian Community club Elche CF and played only Segunda División B football until the age of 25, representing Villajoyosa CF, FC Barcelona B,[1] Orihuela CF[2] and UE Lleida.[3]

In the 2011 summer Rayo moved straight into the Superleague Greece, joining a host of compatriots at Asteras Tripoli FC. He scored five league goals in his first season, adding three in the campaign's domestic cup.

In 2012–13, Rayos improved his overall totals to nine goals and 12 assists. In the final of the Greek Cup, against Olympiacos FC, he put his team ahead 1–0, but in an eventual 1–3 extra time loss;[4] during most of his spell in Greece, he was also club captain.

At the end of Season 12/13 Rayos was named as the best player of the league.

On 6 June 2013, Rayos signed a three-year contract with Israeli side Maccabi Haifa FC.

On March 9, 2014, during the 25th cycle game against Bnei Yehuda, Rayos brutally tackled opposing midfield player Rafi Dahan, severely wounding him with a cruciate ligament rupture. Rayos was sent off with the referee showing him a direct red card. Following the incident, many Israeli players have issued statements condemning the action of the player.

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