Emilio Butragueno Santos is a former Spanish international football player who used to feature prominently during the 1980s and 1990s. He played as a striker and is considered a Real Madrid and Spanish football legend. He was a member of the legendary Quinta de Buitre and named by Pele in March 2004 as one of the 125 greatest living footballers.
Emilio Butragueno joined Real Madrid as a youth player and initially featured for the Castilla. He was then promoted to the first team by Alfredo Di Stafano and played for the Merengues between 1983 and 1995. He scored 123 goals in 341 La Liga appearances. He was bestowed with the nickname El Buitre (The Vulture) and won the European Bronze award for best footballer in two successive years in 1986 ad 1987 and won the Pichichi in 1991. Butragueno won the Spanish league title 6 times and the UEFA Cup twice with Real Madrid.
Emilio Butragueno was signed by Atletico Celaya in 1995 and played for them until 1998, scoring 29 goals in 91 league matches.
Emilio Butragueno made his international debut for Spain in 1984 and played for them until 1992, featuring in 69 international matches for his nation and scoring 26 goals. He represented Spain at Euro ‘84 and also played in the 1986 and 1990 World Cup finals.
Emilio Butragueno also acted as the vice-president of Real Madrid during the Galacticos era.
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