Hierro Fernando Ruiz Hierro

1989 · 2003
Place of birth
Vélez-Málaga
Year of birth
23/03/1968

The total footballer

Position: Defender
Matches played: 601 matches
Goals: 127
Spanish International: 89 matches

Hierro was a totally versatile player who had a fierce shot which helped him to score 126 goals, an astonishing figure for a player in his position. He was undoubtedly one of the best defenders in the history of Real Madrid and Spanish football. He was good in the air and had excellent anticipation and positional sense, as well as being a safe and accurate passer of the ball when starting an attack from the back. During his 14 years at the club, he won an impressive list of trophies including three European Cups and two Intercontinental Cups.
 
He started his career at the youth system in Málaga and made his top flight debut against Valladolid in 1987, just one month before the playing in the final of the Copa del Rey against Real Madrid. The Whites signed him two years later and, alongside Manolo Sanchís, Hierro proved himself to be an exceptionally skilful and strong defender.
 
One of his best memories as a Real Madrid player was the European Cup final in 1998 when the Whites won the trophy by beating Juventus with a goal from Mijatovic. Hierro marked the Italian star Del Piero out of the game and later went on to lift the trophy again when the team won their Eighth and Ninth European Cups.
 
He was also a regular for Spain and one of his most unforgettable goals was the one he scored against Denmark in 1993, a goal that qualified the national team for the 1994 World Cup in the USA. After 13 years of playing for Spain, Hierro retired from international football in the 2002 World Cup. One year later, he left Real Madrid and joined Al-Rayyan in Qatar, and in 2005 he retired from professional football playing in the Premier League for Bolton Wanderers.


Honours

3 European Cups
2 Intercontinental Cups
1 European Super Cup
5 Ligas
1 Copa del Rey
4 Spanish Super Cups

 

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