Rafael Lesmes

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Rafael Lesmes
Personal information
Full name Rafael Lesmes Bobed
Date of birth (1926-11-09)9 November 1926
Place of birth Ceuta, Spain
Date of death 8 October 2012(2012-10-08) (aged 85)
Place of death Valladolid, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
África Ceutí
1940–1944 Ibarrola
1944–1945 Betis Jadú
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1945–1949 Atlético Tetuán
1949–1952 Valladolid 78 (1)
1950Atlético Madrid (loan) 0 (0)
1952–1960 Real Madrid 163 (0)
1960–1962 Valladolid 27 (0)
National team
1955–1958 Spain 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Rafael Lesmes Bobed (9 November 1926 – 8 October 2012) was a Spanish footballer who played as a defender.

Club career[edit]

Lesmes was born in Ceuta. During 12 La Liga seasons he played for Real Valladolid (two spells) and Real Madrid,[1] appearing in 263 games in the competition. He began his career with local Atlético Tetuán, and retired in 1962 at the age of 35.

With Real Madrid, Lesmes was part of the team that won five consecutive European Cups.[2][3][4]

International career[edit]

Lesmes was selected for Spain's 1950 FIFA World Cup squad as an uncapped member. He would have to wait nearly five years to make his debut, however, appearing in a 1–2 friendly loss with France on 17 March 1955, in Madrid.

Lesmes' second and last international was a 6–2 win against Northern Ireland on 15 October 1958, in another exhibition game.[5][3]

Personal life / Death[edit]

Lesmes' older brother, Francisco, was also a footballer and a defender. Often referred to as Lesmes I as he shared teams with his sibling for four seasons, he played his entire professional career with Valladolid, also being a Spanish international (two caps).[6]

Rafael died in Valladolid on 8 October 2012, one month shy of his 86th birthday.[7]


Real Madrid


  1. ^ "Lesmes II". Real Madrid C.F. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Falleció Lesmes II" [Lesmes II has died] (in Spanish). Real Madrid C.F. 10 October 2012. Archived from the original on 12 December 2013. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Rafa Lesmes, muere la última leyenda" [Rafa Lesmes, the last legend dies]. La Información (in Spanish). 9 October 2012. Archived from the original on 11 December 2013. Retrieved 9 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Rafael Lesmes Bobed – Matches in European Cups". RSSSF. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  5. ^ "España, 6 – Irlanda del Norte, 2" [Spain, 6 – Northern Ireland, 2]. Mundo Deportivo. 16 October 1958. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Leyendas del Real Valladolid C. F. – Lesmes I" [Real Valladolid C. F. legends – Lesmes I]. El Norte de Castilla (in Spanish). Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  7. ^ "Fallece Lesmes II, ganador de 5 Copas de Europa consecutivas" [Lesmes II, winner of 5 consecutive European Cups, dies]. ABC (in Spanish). 9 October 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2012.

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