Castro playing for Betis in 2012
|Full name||Rubén Castro Martín|
|Date of birth||27 June 1981|
|Place of birth||Las Palmas, Spain|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Playing position||Striker / Winger|
|2000–2001||Las Palmas B||34||(13)|
|2004–2010||Deportivo La Coruña||31||(4)|
|2004–2005||→ Albacete (loan)||22||(3)|
|2006||→ Racing Santander (loan)||1||(0)|
|2007||→ Gimnàstic (loan)||20||(4)|
|2008–2009||→ Huesca (loan)||41||(14)|
|2009–2010||→ Rayo Vallecano (loan)||42||(14)|
|2017||→ Guizhou Zhicheng (loan)||12||(7)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 May 2018
Las Palmas / Deportivo
Born in Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Castro was signed by Deportivo de La Coruña from local UD Las Palmas in 2004, in a deal which also saw Momo moving in the opposite direction. The deal was agreed in order to wipe out the debt that Las Palmas still had after signing Gabriel Schürrer from Deportivo for €3.6 million.
Castro scored his first goals for Las Palmas in La Liga in the 2001–02 season, when he came on as a substitute in the 64th minute of a home fixture against Real Madrid, with the score at 2–2: the match ended 4–2 for the hosts, courtesy of Rubén. In the 2003–04 campaign he was top scorer in the second division with his hometown club, netting 22 goals – with the team being nonetheless relegated – and being subsequently purchased by Depor.
At the beginning of 2006–07, Castro was on loan at Racing de Santander, but he left Cantabria due to lack of playing opportunities. During the January transfer window another loan happened, this time to Catalonia's Gimnàstic de Tarragona where he started very well with three goals in his first three matches, although the club would be eventually relegated and the player returned to Deportivo.
After appearing scarcely during the 2007–08 season, Castro was loaned again in July 2008, to newly promoted second division team SD Huesca. There, his goals proved crucial for the Aragonese as they retained their recently obtained second level status.
In late August 2009, Castro was again loaned by Deportivo and also in division two, now to Rayo Vallecano. For the second year in a row he repeated club position (11th) and goals scored (14), returning in June to the Galicians.
In August 2010, Castro was sold to Real Betis for a fee of €1.7 million. The attacking trio of himself, Jorge Molina and midfielder Achille Emaná combined for more than 50 league goals in 2010–11, as the Andalusians returned to the top division after two years of absence.
On 27 August 2011, Castro scored his first goal in the competition in nearly four years, in a local derby against Granada CF (1–0 away win, netting five minutes from time). He repeated exactly the same feat the following matchday, against RCD Mallorca.
On 10 December 2011, Castro put a stop to a streak of 11 games without one win for the Pepe Mel-led side with only one point managed, netting twice in stoppage time in a 2–1 home win against Valencia CF. He finished the campaign with 16 goals – third-best national scorer, eighth overall – as the Verdiblancos finally finished in 13th position.
From 2012 to 2015, Castro scored 67 goals all competitions comprised, including 32 in league in the latter season to help Betis return to the top flight, as champions. He celebrated his 200th appearance in the competition with a goal, helping to a 1–1 home draw against Villarreal CF.
In July 2017, aged 36, Castro moved abroad for the first time in his career, being loaned to Chinese Super League club Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng F.C. for five months. In his first match upon his return to the Estadio Benito Villamarín, on 15 January 2018, he replaced Sergio León late into the home fixture against CD Leganés and scored the 3–2 winner through a penalty.
|Las Palmas||2000–01||La Liga||3||0||0||0||—||—||3||0|
|Racing Santander||2006–07||La Liga||1||0||0||0||—||—||1||0|
|Rayo Vallecano||2009–10||Segunda División||42||14||2||1||—||—||44||15|
|Guizhou Zhicheng||2017||Chinese Super League||12||7||0||0||—||—||12||7|
- In isolation, Rubén is pronounced [ruˈβen].
- El juicio por el ´caso Schurrer´ se celebra esta mañana en Las Palmas (Trial for ´Schurrer affair´ to take place this morning in Las Palmas); La Opinión A Coruña, 20 February 2014 (in Spanish)
- Liga – El 'niño' que eclipsó a Zidane reta al Madrid (Liga – The 'boy' who eclipsed Zidane challenges Madrid); Eurosport, 12 October 2011 (in Spanish)
- Rubén Castro resucita al Nàstic (Rubén Castro resurrects Nàstic); El País, 11 December 2006 (in Spanish)
- Rubén Castro jugará en el Huesca (Rubén Castro to play with Huesca); El Diario Montañés, 20 July 2008 (in Spanish)
- El broche a una gran temporada (Icing on cake to great season); Marca, 20 June 2009 (in Spanish)
- Rubén Castro tumba a su ex equipo con dos goles en los primeros seis minutos (Rubén Castro downs former team with two goals in first six minutes); Marca, 8 May 2010 (in Spanish)
- El Deportivo ingresará 1,7 millones por Rubén Castro (Deportivo to make 1,7 million for Rubén Castro) Archived 6 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine.; Riazor, 18 November 2010 (in Spanish)
- "Molina y Rubén prometen goles también en Primera" [Molina and Rubén also promise goals in Primera] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 4 September 2011. Retrieved 28 March 2014.
- Rubén Castro hace justicia (Rubén Castro does justice); El País, 27 August 2011 (in Spanish)
- Castro leads Betis charge; ESPN Soccernet, 11 September 2011
- Castro late show overthrows Los Che; ESPN Soccernet, 10 December 2011
- Rubén Castro, máximo goleador de la Liga regular con 32 tantos (Rubén Castro, top scorer of regular League with 32 goals); Eurosport, 7 June 2015 (in Spanish)
- "Rubén Castro llega a tiempo" [Rubén Castro arrives on time] (in Spanish). Marca. 23 August 2015. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
- "Rubén Castro se marcha cedido al Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng FC" [Rubén Castro goes to Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng FC on loan] (in Spanish). Real Betis. 11 July 2017. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
- "Rubén Castro prolonga la euforia verdiblanca" [Rubén Castro extends white-and-black euphoria] (in Spanish). Marca. 15 January 2018. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
- Rubén Castro, otro talento grancanario (Rubén Castro, another talent from Gran Canaria); Mundo Deportivo, 5 October 2001 (in Spanish)
- "Orden de alejamiento para Rubén" [Restraining order for Rubén] (in Spanish). El País. 28 May 2013. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
- "Los ultras del Betis apoyan a Rubén Castro, acusado de violencia de género" [Betis' ultras support Rubén Castro, charged with gender violence] (in Spanish). Telecinco. 22 February 2015. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
- "Rubén Castro: Rubén Castro Martín". BDFutbol. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
- Rubén Castro at Soccerway
- "Rubén Castro: "I am really proud to have scored so many goals for this club"". Real Betis. 6 December 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
- "El día de Rubén Castro" [The day of Rubén Castro] (in Spanish). Marca. 15 January 2018. Retrieved 22 January 2018.