Álvaro Benito

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Álvaro Benito
Personal information
Full name Álvaro Benito Villar
Date of birth (1976-12-10) 10 December 1976 (age 40)
Place of birth Salamanca, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1995 Real Madrid C 20 (1)
1995–1997 Real Madrid B 12 (2)
1995–2002 Real Madrid 21 (2)
1997–1998 Tenerife (loan) 2 (1)
2001–2002 Real Madrid B 11 (1)
2002–2003 Getafe 6 (0)
Total 72 (7)
National team
1992–1993 Spain U16 13 (0)
1993–1995 Spain U18 5 (1)
1996 Spain U21 1 (0)
Teams managed
2015– Real Madrid (youth) [1]
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Álvaro Benito Villar (born 10 December 1976) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a left midfielder, and the vocalist/guitarist of Rock band Pignoise.

Football career[edit]

Born in Salamanca, Region of León, Benito emerged through Real Madrid's youth ranks, making his senior debuts not yet aged 18 with the C-team. He progressed to the reserves the following year.

In the 1995–96 season, Benito was relatively used by the main squad,[2] and contributed with seven games the following campaign as the Merengues were crowned La Liga champions. In November 1996, in his first – and only – appearance with the Spain under-21 side, he suffered a severe knee injury from which he would never fully recover, undergoing three operations in only four months in 1998 in Pittsburgh, United States; afterwards, he was involved in a car accident, which further curtailed his recovering process.[3]

After one unassuming loan with CD Tenerife and another spell with Castilla, Benito was released by Real Madrid in the 2002 summer, joining city neighbours Getafe CF in Segunda División,[4] where he appeared rarely, again due to injury.[5]

Musical career[edit]

During his rehabilitation period, Benito started playing guitar and writing songs, going on to put together a band, Pignoise. The group, which also featured another former footballer, Héctor Polo (Real Zaragoza, Rayo Vallecano), eventually used many of the songs he composed prior to its creation.[6]



Real Madrid


Spain U16


  1. ^ Real Madrid Cadete A
  2. ^ "Los niños ponen patas arriba el Bernabéu" [Kids turn the Bernabéu upside down]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 3 December 1995. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  3. ^ "Alvaro empieza a ver la luz al final del túnel" [Alvaro starts to see light at the end of the tunnel]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 27 June 2001. Retrieved 23 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Álvaro Benito ficha por el Getafe" [Álvaro Benito signs for Getafe]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 8 July 2002. Retrieved 23 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Álvaro Benito volvió a lesionarse de menisco" [Álvaro Benito injured meniscus again]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 31 December 2002. Retrieved 23 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "Álvaro Benito marca un gol en la música" [Álvaro Benito scores goal in music]. ABC (in Spanish). 13 January 2003. Retrieved 23 December 2010. 

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