Gregorio Benito

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Goyo Benito
Personal information
Full name Gregorio Benito Rubio
Date of birth (1946-10-31) 31 October 1946 (age 70)
Place of birth Puente del Arzobispo, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
Salesianos Atocha
1963–1966 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966–1982 Real Madrid 317 (2)
1966–1968 Rayo Vallecano (loan) 43 (0)
Total 360 (2)
National team
1969–1970 Spain U23 2 (0)
1966–1970 Spain amateur 13 (0)
1971–1978 Spain 22 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Benito and the second or maternal family name is Rubio.

Gregorio "Goyo" Benito Rubio (born 31 October 1946 in El Puente del Arzobispo, Toledo, Castile-La Mancha) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a central defender.

Club career[edit]

After practicing track and field in his early teens, inclusively being national javelin throw champion at school level,[1] Benito signed for La Liga powerhouse Real Madrid in the 1963 summer, aged nearly 17. After two years on loan to neighbouring Rayo Vallecano, in Segunda División (his second being cut short as he was called for military service in Sidi Ifni[1]), he returned to his main club, remaining there for the following 14 seasons and winning six leagues and five Spanish Cups.

In 1982, after just 16 league appearances in his last two seasons combined, Benito retired from football at the age of 35. He amassed Real Madrid official totals of 420 games and three goals.

International career[edit]

Benito earned 22 caps for Spain, during roughly seven years. His debut was on 9 May 1971 in a 2–0 away win against Cyprus for the UEFA Euro 1972 qualifiers, but he would never take part in any major international tournament, as the national team failed to qualify for any during that timeframe.[2]

Additionally, Benito represented the nation at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico, playing in all the matches for the eventual quarter-finalists.[3]


Real Madrid


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