Status: Ready to play
Date of birth: 27/06/1981
Height: 1.70 m
Rubén Castro Martín, sometimes known as just Rubén, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Real Betis, mainly as a striker but also as a winger.
Born in Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Castro was signed by Deportivo de La Coruña from local UD Las Palmas in 2004, in a deal which also saw Momo moving in the opposite direction. The deal was agreed in order to wipe out the debt that Las Palmas still had after signing Argentine Gabriel Schürrer from Deportivo for €3.6 million.
Rubén scored his first goals for Las Palmas in La Liga in the 2001–02 season, when he came on as a substitute in the 64th minute of a home fixture against Real Madrid, with the score at 2–2: the match ended 4–2 for the hosts, courtesy of Rubén. In 2003–04 he was top scorer in the second division with his hometown club, netting 22 goals – with the team being nonetheless relegated – and being subsequently purchased by the Galician outfit.
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