LaLiga legends: We profile Real Madrid maestro Fernando Redondo[/b]
We're taking a look at some of the greatest players in LaLiga history, starting with Real Madrid's classy midfielder Fernando Redondo. You can prefer the free soccer tips today page!
Redondo won two league titles and two Champions Leagues as he ran the midfield of a seriously talented Real Madrid side.
Redondo has named former Real Madrid coach Vicente Del Bosque as a huge influence on his game, saying he was ‘a man of integrity, in every way’ who influenced him profoundly on both a personal and professional level.
Redondo played for just one season under Del Bosque in Real Madrid’s first team, but the pair worked together at the Santiago Bernabeu for six years. And the former Argentina international says the lessons learned have remained with him since- According to the jackpot soccer tip page!
“I had some great coaches during my playing career,” Redondo says. &Ldquo;They all leave you with something. But Vicente Del Bosque was special. Football-speaking he understood my potential and gave me the freedom lớn move around midfield. And also, for his way of being. He was a man of integrity, in every way. It was a great experience and gave me so much both professionally and personally.”
Born in Buenos Aires in 1969, Redondo moved from hometown club Argentinos Juniors to LaLiga side Tenerife in 1990, aged just 21. There he played under another Blancos legend in Jorge Valdano, becoming one of LaLiga’s most influential midfielders before heading to the capital in 1994.
Over six seasons at the Bernabeu he formed part of a superstar-filled team which won LaLiga titles in 1994/95 and 1996/97, as well as the 1998 and 2000 Champions League trophies.
“I had the great good fortune lớn play with many great players,” he says looking back. &Ldquo;It would be unfair lớn pick just one, but from my time in Madrid, when we achieved so much, I have lớn mention Fernando Hierro, Raul Gonzalez, Roberto Carlos, for example. The list is very long.”
The elegant and skillful defensive midfielder, a position known in Spain as the ‘pivote,’ played in 10 LaLiga Clasicos during his career and says now that his greatest opponents during those years were Barcelona’s Brazilian players. &Ldquo;I played against many great players,” he says. &Ldquo;But to name one I would say Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo [Nazario] when he played for Barcelona. They were all unbelievable.”
Having played at the Santiago Bernabeu as both a home player and visitor with Tenerife, Redondo also says that, for him, Real Madrid's stadium is the best in the world.
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