|Full name||Javier Baraja Vegas|
|Date of birth||24 August 1980|
|Place of birth||Valladolid, Spain|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder / Centre back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Born in Valladolid, Castile and León, and a product of hometown Real Valladolid's youth system, Baraja's first appearance in La Liga was on 26 August 2001 as he played 17 minutes in a 0–4 away loss against Deportivo de La Coruña. He only featured in one more match in that first season, totalling just 107 minutes of action.
After stints in the second division, appearing scarcely with Getafe CF in two years (he played 13 games in his second year as the Madrid side achieved a first-ever top level promotion) and spending one season with Málaga CF's reserves, Baraja returned to Valladolid in 2005–06, playing 28 times as the club returned to the top flight in the following campaign.
- Spain U16
- "El Depor, líder en goles y líos" [Depor, leader in goals and troubles]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 27 August 2001. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
- Valladolid 2–1 Atlético Madrid; ESPN Soccernet, 13 September 2008
- "Rubén Baraja, dispuesto a escuchar al Valladolid" [Rubén Baraja, willing to listen to Valladolid]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 1 June 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2014.