Matches played: 497 official matches and 140 friendlies
Spanish International: 26 matches
Chendo stood out for his hard work and commitment. His only professional team was Real Madrid and he also earned 26 caps for Spain. One of his greatest moments for the Whites came in a European Cup game against Napoli in 1987 when he marked Maradona out of the game and even dummied the great Argentinian at one point of a historic game.
His career at Real Madrid was a long and brilliant one which started in the youth teams. He made his full team debut at 23 in a team trained by Di Stéfano which finished the season as runner-up in La Liga, the Spanish Cup, the Spanish League Cup, the Spanish Super Cup and the UEFA Cup Winner’s Cup. In the following season, Chendo won the first of his seven league titles, the Spanish Cup, the Spanish Super Cup and the UEFA Cup. He finished his career in style by winning the European Cup (‘La Séptima’ or the “The Seventh” ).
He spent 16 seasons at the club and retired in 1998 having played hundreds of games for the Whites. In his farewell match, Chendo showed his gratitude: "I’m leaving feeling really happy to have fulfilled the dream of every kid: playing for Real Madrid for years and finishing my career at this great club. What more could you ask for?” Since he hung up his boots, he has been the match day delegate for the first team.
1 European Cup
2 UEFA Cups
2 Spanish Cups
4 Spanish Super Cups
1 Spanish League Cups