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Fernando Redondo ‘’El Principe’’(The Prince)


Fernando Carlos Redondo Neri

Fernando Redondo was born on June 6, 1969 in Adrogué, Argentina. He played in the defensive midfielder position. Redondo became legendary while playing for Milan and Real Madrid teams. He started his professional football career in 1985 in Argentinos Juniors. Throughout his career he won the elite trophies of Europe. He has many individual and national team successes.

Before Real Madrid

Fernando Redondo played in Argentinos Juniors infrastructure between 1979-1985. In 1985 he was promoted to Argentinos Juniors A team and played 65 games for five years. He transferred from La Liga teams to Tenerife for 5 million Euros in 1990. Consequently, years of success began. Fernando Redondo did not win any trophies while playing in Tenerife, but he played 103 games and scored eight goals. He attracted attention with his reassuring style of play and transferred to Real Madrid to play for six years in 1994.  He won the La Liga championship with Real Madrid in the 1994-95, 1996-97 seasons and the UEFA Champions League in the 1997-98, 1999-2000 seasons. Moreover, he won the Intercontinental Cup in 1998. In 1998, he played a quarter-final match against Manchester United, contributing to a goal that helped the team win.

 MANU coach Alex Ferguson said, “Is there a magnet in this man’s crampons?” During his time in Madrid, Redondo won the nickname El Principe (“The Prince”) and during his ten-year Spanish adventure, he played 268 matches and scored 12 goals. In 2000, he was transferred to Milan.

Welcome to Serie A

Fernando Redondo wanted to stay in Real Madrid, but Milan made a £ 11 million offer to Real Madrid that he would not refuse. Real Madrid fans protest this transfer, but they didn’t work. So the transfer took place. Fernando was injured during his first training in Milan and failed to play for 2.5 years. Redondo returned to the team in the 2002–03 and 2003–04 seasons. Milan won three trophies after he started playing. He won the Coppa Italia and the UEFA Champions League in the 2002–03 season and the Serie A trophy in the 2003–04 season.

He left Milan after 16 games in 2004 and quit football.

Argentinos El Principe

Fernando Redondo was added to the Argentine national team squad in 1992. In the same year, he became first in the King Fahd Cup with his team and won his first cup. In 1993 he won one of the greatest achievements in his career, Copa America. Moreover, he was in the Argentine squad in the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

Personal Achievements 

FIFA Confederations Cup: Golden Ball 1992

Tenerife Player of The Year: 1992–93, 1993–94

Real Madrid Player of The Year: 1996–97, 1999–2000

ESM Team of the Year: 1997–98

Trofeo EFE: Player of The Decade 1990–99

UEFA Club Footballer of the Year: 1999–2000

Argentine Football Association: All-Time XI

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