On this day – The Vulture Emilio Butragueño born

22 July 1963: Emilio Butragueño a Spanish forward known as the Vulture is the fourth highest scorer for the Spanish national team with 26 goals in 69 games was born in 1963. The three players with more goals are Raul (44 goals in 102 matches), Hierro (29 goals in 89 matches) and Morientes (27 goals in 47 matches).

Butragueño started his career at Real Madrid’s reserve team Castilla CF before getting his Real Madrid debut in 1983. In his 12 years at Real Madrid he scored 123 goals in 341 matches. Real won six La Liga chmapionships and two UEFA Cups while Butragueño was at the club. Butragueño finished his career at Mexican club Atlético Celaya.

He was part of Spain’s 1984 European Championship team that lost the Final against host nation France 2-0. He also played in the 1986 and 1990 World Cups and scored five goals in 1986 (one behind leading goal scorer Gary Lineker) including four in Spain’s 5-1 defeat of Denmark.

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