Alexis (Spanish footballer, born 1985)

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Personal information
Full name Alexis Ruano Delgado
Date of birth (1985-08-04) 4 August 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth Málaga, Spain
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Number 4
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2005 Málaga B 65 (0)
2004–2006 Málaga 50 (3)
2006–2007 Getafe 24 (2)
2007–2010 Valencia 62 (2)
2010–2013 Sevilla 22 (1)
2012–2013 Getafe (loan) 38 (4)
2013–2016 Getafe 73 (2)
2016 Beşiktaş 10 (1)
2016– Alavés 24 (2)
National team
2001–2003 Spain U17 18 (0)
2002–2004 Spain U19 11 (0)
2002–2005 Spain U20 8 (0)
2004–2006 Spain U21 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 May 2017.

Alexis Ruano Delgado (born 4 August 1985), known simply as Alexis, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Deportivo Alavés. Mainly a central defender, he can also operate as a full back.

He amassed La Liga totals of 293 games and 16 goals during 14 seasons, representing in the competition Málaga, Getafe (two spells), Valencia, Sevilla and Alavés.

Club career[edit]

Málaga / Getafe[edit]

Born in Málaga, Alexis joined Getafe CF from Málaga CF for 2006–07, for 2.5 million. He had played for the Andalusia club for three years, after having spent as many with the B-team, two of those in the second division; he would first appear for the main squad of the latter on 15 February 2004, playing eight minutes in a 5–2 home win against RCD Espanyol.[1]

Alexis scored the winning goal for Getafe against Real Madrid, in a 1–0 league home win on 14 October 2006,[2] and was part of the league's best defence that season (only 33 goals in 38 games).


In April 2007, Valencia signed Alexis to a €6.5 million deal at the Mestalla Stadium that ran until 2013, beating off competition from Real Madrid.[3][4][5] After spending most of the campaign sidelined with a severe knee injury,[6] he helped the team win the Copa del Rey, netting the second goal in a 3–1 win over former club Getafe in the final, after Juan Mata had scored the opener.[7]

On 14 September 2008 Alexis, who started the season as Raúl Albiol centre-back partner, netted in a 2–2 draw at UD Almería, but also spent two months in the sidelines due to a pubalgia ailment. He appeared in 24 games in the following campaign, helping the Che to a third-place in La Liga and former side Málaga avoid relegation, as he headed home in the last-minute of the home fixture against CD Tenerife, which dropped down a level instead with that 0–1 loss.[8][9]

Sevilla / Getafe return[edit]

On 24 August 2010, Alexis joined Sevilla FC for €5 million, signing a six-year contract with the Rojiblancos as a replacement for Arsenal-bound Sébastien Squillaci.[10] He appeared in 21 league games in his first year (26 overall) as the team finished fifth and qualified to the UEFA Europa League.

In the third game of 2011–12 – his first – Alexis salvaged a point for Sevilla with an 86th-minute header away against Villarreal CF (2–2).[11] He would only be fourth of fifth-choice stopper for new manager Marcelino García Toral, however;[12] in late February 2012, even though the winter transfer window had already closed, he was allowed to join former club Getafe on loan until the end of the season, as the Madrid outskirts side was immerse in a deep injury crisis to its defensive sector.[13] The move was extended for the entire 2012–13.[14]

In the 2013 summer, Alexis agreed to a permanent four-year deal.[15] He continued to be an undisputed starter when healthy, but missed several games due to suspension.[16][17]


On 21 January 2016, aged 30, Alexis moved abroad for the first time, joining Beşiktaş J.K. in the Turkish Süper Lig for €2 million.[18] After a 3–3 away draw against Akhisar Belediyespor on 23 April, his poor performance led to criticism and accusations of match fixing.[19][20]


On 29 July 2016, Alexis returned to Spain and its top tier, signing for newly promoted club Deportivo Alavés.[21]








  1. ^ "El Málaga resucita a lo grande y golea al Espanyol" [Málaga comes back from the dead in style and routs Espanyol]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 15 February 2004. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  2. ^ Getafe hand Madrid first defeat;, 14 October 2006
  3. ^ "Alexis jugará en el Valencia hasta 2013" [Alexis will play in Valencia until 2013]. Las Provincias (in Spanish). 22 March 2007. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Alexis fuerza para fichar por el Madrid" [Alexis puts pressure on to sign for Madrid]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 27 March 2007. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  5. ^ ""He firmado con el Valencia por los próximos seis años"" ["I have signed with Valencia for the next six years"]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 17 May 2007. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  6. ^ Valencia get bad news on Alexis;, 5 November 2007
  7. ^ Cup triumph salvages Valencia season;, 16 April 2008
  8. ^ "Alexis sends Tenerife down". ESPN Soccernet. 16 May 2010. Retrieved 11 July 2011. 
  9. ^ "El malagueño Alexis salvó al Málaga y envió al Tenerife a Segunda" [Málaga's own Alexis saved Málaga and sent Tenerife to Segunda]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 16 May 2010. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  10. ^ Sevilla sign Alexis, Valencia lose Soldado;, 24 August 2010
  11. ^ "Villarreal claim battling draw". ESPN Soccernet. 10 September 2011. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  12. ^ "Alexis, una vuelta en el ostracismo" [Alexis, ostracized for half a season] (in Spanish). El Desmarque. 1 February 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2016. 
  13. ^ "Alexis llega cedido al Getafe hasta junio" [Alexis arrives on loan to Getafe until June]. Marca (in Spanish). 23 February 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  14. ^ "Alexis se marcha cedido de nuevo al Getafe" [Alexis goes on loan to Getafe again]. Marca (in Spanish). 1 July 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2016. 
  15. ^ "Alexis Ruano continuará en el Getafe cuatro temporadas" [Alexis Ruano will continue in Getafe four seasons]. Marca (in Spanish). 1 August 2013. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  16. ^ "'Toque' a Alexis" [Alexis 'wake up call'] (in Spanish). Al Cabo de la Calle. 30 October 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  17. ^ "Amarillas por palabras" [Yellow cards for words]. Marca (in Spanish). 29 December 2015. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  18. ^ "Alexis se marcha al Besiktas a cambio de 2 millones" [Alexis leaves for Besiktas for 2 million]. Marca (in Spanish). 21 January 2016. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  19. ^ "Alexis şike mi yaptı?" [Did Alexis pull this stunt?]. Milliyet (in Turkish). 23 April 2016. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
  20. ^ "Beşiktaş taraftarindan Tolga Zengin ve Alexis Delgado isyani – Süper Lig Haberleri" [Beşiktaş fans in a rage over Tolga Zengin and Alexis Delgado – Süper Lig News] (in Turkish). Futbol Arena. 23 April 2016. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
  21. ^ "Alexis Ruano, juego aéreo para la defensa del Deportivo Alavés" [Alexis Ruano, aerial play for Deportivo Alavés' defence] (in Spanish). Deportivo Alavés. 29 July 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2016. 

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