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Benjamín Moreno

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Born in Jaen, he had to leave his home in Guarromán, like many other families at the time, to establish himself in the capital of Spain. He started in the youth teams of Real Madrid where he learned his most famous trick: “the brunette”. Our protagonist, alongside several teammates, tried to mimic a first team player, Touriño, an Argentinian defender that used this piece of skill every time he went up the field.

After going through Murcia and Valdepeñas, someone from the cucumbers board, and countryman of Moreno, Juan Belmonte, recommended him to Jesús Polo. The team was in the old Third Division where football wasn’t enough to survive and the football fields weren’t made of grass. In the dirt of the Luis Rodríguez de Miguel, he developed during five seasons with players like Osa, Aguilera or Trobbiani, in which he was part of one of the deadliest partnerships of the league.

He scored the first goal in the Villa de Leganés Trophy in 1980, in tournament where they faced Getafe and that Rayo Vallecano won after previously beating Torrejón. Despite that, three years later, he took revenge beating a Real Madrid Castilla side with players like Pardeza, Martín Vázquez, Míchel or Butragueño by a score of 3-1 in which Moreno scored the last one.

Always recognizable by his moustache, he was a striker that made an impression in the supporters that came every weekend to see the leganese side. He was top scorer in the group the first two years with 16 and 22 goals respectively, lowering his mark to 8, 6 and 3 in the following tears. He left the team with 168 matches and 52 goals, that put him as one of the top scorers in the history of the club. Afterwards, he carried on playing for Móstoles, Fuenlabrada and Sonseca until he retired.

After retiring as worker of the Madrid Metro, Leganés gave him back the fame he won more than thirty years ago thanks to his goals, thanks to the journalist Julio Maldonado “Maldini”, whom says his first football idol was our protagonist, when he went to see the cucumbers and that he has recorded in his brame that famous piece of skill, 'la morena'.

LEG / Birthday

01/01/1955 - 01/05/2020

LEG / Birthplace

Jaén

LEG / Nationality