|Full name||Álvaro Benito Villar|
|Date of birth||10 December 1976|
|Place of birth||Salamanca, Spain|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|1994–1995||Real Madrid C||20||(1)|
|1995–1997||Real Madrid B||12||(2)|
|1997–1998||→ Tenerife (loan)||2||(1)|
|2001–2002||Real Madrid B||11||(1)|
|2015–||Real Madrid (youth) |
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
In the 1995–96 season, Benito was relatively used by the main squad, 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.
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, where he appeared rarely, again due to injury.
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.
- Real Madrid
- Spain U16
- Real Madrid Cadete A
- "Los niños ponen patas arriba el Bernabéu" [Kids turn the Bernabéu upside down]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 3 December 1995. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
- "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.
- "Álvaro Benito ficha por el Getafe" [Álvaro Benito signs for Getafe]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 8 July 2002. Retrieved 23 December 2010.
- "Álvaro Benito volvió a lesionarse de menisco" [Álvaro Benito injured meniscus again]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 31 December 2002. Retrieved 23 December 2010.
- "Álvaro Benito marca un gol en la música" [Álvaro Benito scores goal in music]. ABC (in Spanish). 13 January 2003. Retrieved 23 December 2010.