|Full name||Ricardo Gallego Redondo|
|Date of birth||8 February 1959|
|Place of birth||Madrid, Spain|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Most of his professional career was associated to Real Madrid, for which he appeared in more than 300 official games in nearly ten years, winning a total of ten major titles. He gained almost 45 caps for Spain, representing the nation in two World Cups and as many European Championships.
A product of La Liga powerhouse Real Madrid's youth system, Gallego made a quick impression with the first team, appearing in 26 matches in his debut year and being a midfield mainstay during the subsequent seasons as he totalled 250 first division matches with the conquest of, among others, four leagues, two Spanish cups and back-to-back UEFA Cups (1985–86); blessed with physical and technical ability alike, he could operate with equal efficiency as sweeper.
In the 1986–87 campaign, Gallego contributed with 37 games and two goals (more than 3,000 minutes of play) as Real Madrid won the national championship, also reaching the semifinals of the domestic cup. On 15 March 1987, however, he unluckily landed on Miguel de Andrés' knee, and the Athletic Bilbao player ended his career after that game, a 2–1 win at the San Mamés Stadium.
After a brief spell with Italy's Udinese Calcio, Gallego returned to Spain and Madrid, playing two seasons with Rayo Vallecano in the second division and contributing with 31 matches in his second and last, for an eventual promotion. Retiring at 33, he then worked with his last club in directorial capacities.
Gallego earned 42 caps for Spain, his debut coming in a preparation match for the impending FIFA World Cup on home soil, a 24 February 1982 win with Scotland: after replacing FC Barcelona's Víctor Muñoz in the second half, he closed the score at 3–0.
After being used only once during that World Cup, Gallego turned into an essential defensive element in the following two competitions: UEFA Euro 1984 (where Spain finished runners-up) and the 1986 FIFA World Cup, retiring from international play after Euro 88.
|1.||24 February 1982||Luis Casanova, Valencia, Spain||Scotland||3–0||3–0||Friendly|
|2.||26 May 1984||Charmilles, Geneva, Switzerland||Switzerland||0–2||0–4||Friendly|
- Real Madrid
- UEFA Cup: 1984–85, 1985–86
- Spanish League: 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89
- Spanish Cup: 1981–82, 1988–89
- Spanish Supercup: 1988
- Spanish League Cup: 1984–85
- Spanish Cup: Runner-up 1979–80
- BDFutbol profile
- National team data (Spanish)
- Ricardo Gallego at National-Football-Teams.com
- Ricardo Gallego – FIFA competition record
- Biography at Real Madrid Fans (Spanish)