Benito, the mythical ‘Hacha Brava’

first_imgAfter retiring, he invested part of the money earned at Real Madrid in two pubs, which he set up with a friend and were the venue for soccer gatherings. Shortly after retiring, he was public relations for the club. Years later he worked in the technical secretary of Rayo Vallecano, when his friend José Antonio Camacho was the coach. He supported Florentino Pérez in the 2000 elections and won the club the Laureate in 1979, the second player behind Pirri to do so. His tribute, in 1984, was sad since he had to postpone it twice. It was played amid an AFE strike played in September, against Tottenham. Only 10,000 people attended. The goal was scored by Paco Bonet, another central defender. Rest in peace. They nicknamed him Brave Ax for his iron markings and sometimes his hard innings, always complying with the maxim “the ball passes or the player passes, but never the two” together “. This was Gregorio Goyo Benito Rubio, a native of El Puente del Arzobispo, a small town in Toledo near Talavera de la Reina, where he was born on October 21, 1946. From his childhood he was devoted to soccer, a sport that he began to play with the Salesians of Atocha (became champion of Spanish school in javelin throw). From there it passed to the Sage. Signed by Madrid (he became part of the lower categories at just 16 years old), he was loaned to Rayo Vallecano for two seasons (1966-68), to return to the first team. Martín Landa, his first youth coach, saw many conditions in him and promised him that he would go international if he worked hard to iron out some defects. Said and done. Benito stood out in the lower categories of the Spanish team with a generation in which other illustrious ones like Rexach and Rojo also shone. On August 4, 1969, he signed his first professional contract with what would be the club of his life, debuting in San Sebastián, against Real Sociedad on October 27. Little by little, he gained the confidence of Miguel Muñoz (he liked his courage to go to the crossroads, the aggressiveness with which he played and was respected by the opposing forwards), until earning the title in the season 1971-72. He took the job from his friend De Felipe, which motivated certain piques. In that decade of the seventies He earned the fame, encouraged by himself, of being the “most seasoned central defender in Spanish football.” His way of playing, open and always risking the maximum, led him to undergo five knee operations, two nose and one tibia. That says the medical history of an athlete who always played on the razor’s edge. Icon for much of the hobby (they chanted ‘Benito pulls the ax’ or ‘Benito kills’) he retired in 1982, with six Leagues, five Cups won and 22 times international, although he was left without going to the Argentina-78 World Cup. For history, there are the pleas of Biri Biri, a Sevilla player, who in one match, and due to the fouls he was receiving, turned to the Real Madrid player and snapped at him: “Please, Mr. Benito, don’t hit me anymore! ” Or his imposing header goal against Porto that gave him the pass to the Whites in 1979. His illusion was to withdraw having achieved a decisive goal for Madrid. And that one was.last_img

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