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600 games for Roberto Trashorras - A look back at his career (27th April, 2017)

So far, he has played 207 games at Rayo, 119 at Celta, 64 at Las Palmas, 12 at Numancia, 75 at Real Madrid B and 122 at Barcelona B.

Yes - if Roberto Trashorras plays this weekend, he would have played 600* professional games in a long and illustrious career. 





I feel bad for Trashorras.

He started out in the Segunda B at the age of 18, reached the Segunda at 24 and then La Liga at 30. His story is one that shows that hard work and dedication can take you places, and that age is no barrier to success.

And then after five years of La Liga glory the club that put in faith in him got relegated.

Of course, I'm happy and grateful that he stayed as a Rayo fan - but I wouldn't have begrudged him if he'd taken that offer from Deportivo. He deserved to stay in La Liga.

I wrote about him here, but that is just a snapshot of his career - a career about which I'm finally going to write about. So, let's "continue" that article...

Trashorras took his first steps in Barcelona back in 1996, when he was only 14 years old. He recalls living in a flat of four in La Masia because it was only at the age of 18 that players were allowed to look for a flat of their own. His eight years there coincided with Guardiola, De la Peña, Puyol, Reina, Valdés and Iniesta.

On August 8, 2001 he made his first team debut with Rexach in a Champions League qualifying match against Wisła Kraków. It was 86 minutes when he entered the field for Luis Enrique, the current coach of Barcelona. A few days after that European experience, on October 7, 2001, Trashorras made his league debut against Deportivo, this time entering the field in the 68th minute for Alfonso Pérez.

His time at Real Madrid coincided with Arbeloa and Beckham, but after not getting first team opportunities for two years he signed for Numancia after helping Real Madrid B to a promotion to the Segunda.

From 2006-08 he played with Las Palmas. That summer he had offers from different foreign teams, but his desire to stay in Spanish soccer led him to the Canary Island club. His passing and service to strikers was well remembered, especially his connection with Marcos Márquez.

Las Palmas never tabled a renewal offer, and out of the many offers he received the chance to return to his native Galicia enticed him the most, and Balaídos was graced with the pass-master from 2008 to 2011. At this time his performances were catching the attention of international clubs, especially Qatari clubs. During the 2009-10, he had his best season, scoring nine goals in 38 matches and helping the Galicians to the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey, where they were valiantly ousted by eventual finalists Atlético Madrid (2–1 on aggregate, with the player netting in the first leg in Madrid in a 1–1 draw).

Trashorras, after deciding to terminate his five-year contract with Celta after three fruitful seasons there, took up one of many offers from La Liga teams. He signed for Rayo Vallecano.

And the rest is history.



Given my post about Patrick Ebert's superb individual performance, here's Roberto Trashorras'. I don't think I have any words to describe the influence he had on a game before which all Rayo fans expected a thrashing.

If you're looking out for a scrawny 35-year-old, prepare to be surprised.





*If you prefer a breakdown by division rather than by club...

La Liga - 171
Segunda - 210
Champions League - 1
Copa del Rey - 21
Promoción Primera - 2
Promoción Segunda - 22
Segunda B - 172

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