Allow me to talk about the best top 10 Real Betis players of all time.
Betis was established in 1907, and over the years, they have achieved successes, including winning a league title in 1935 and Copa del Rey triumphs in 1977, 2005, and 2022.
One thing I love about this team is their supporters, even though they have suffered several relegations, you will never stop hearing their supporters chanting the club’s motto “Long live Betis even if they lose”.
In this post, I will list and go into detail about these players, and you will learn about the appearance of each player, and goals record, plus the years on the team.
Top 10 Real Betis Best Players Of All-Time
- Hipólito Rincón
- Alfonso Pérez
- Julio Cardeñosa
- Finidi George
- Gabriel Calderón
- Luís Eduardo Schmidt
- Luis Aragonés
- Joaquín Sánchez
- Carlos Diarte
- Víctor Unamuno
Let’s meet them.
1. Hipólito Rincón
Hipólito “Poli” Rincón Povedano, born on 28 April 1957, is a retired Spanish footballer known for his role as a striker, and he is one of the best strikers in Real Betis football history.
During his 13-year career, he played for Real Madrid and Real Betis with an impressive record of 239 games and 81 goals in La Liga. Rincón also represented Spain, recording 22 caps and participating in the 1986 World Cup.
Rincón began his professional journey at Real Madrid. Although he had loan spells with CD Díter Zafra, he struggled to establish himself at Real Madrid, featuring in only 16 La Liga games from 1979 to 1981.
In 1981, he made the move to Real Betis in Andalusia. And In his second season, Rincón scored 20 league goals and was awarded the Pichichi Trophy, despite Betis finishing 11th in the league.
He went on to score a total of 93 goals for the club before retiring at the age of 32 after their relegation from the top flight in the 1988-89 season.
Post-retirement, Rincón briefly worked as the director of football for Xerez CD, a neighboring club of Real Betis, in 2004. He also pursued a career in sports commentary for Cadena SER and Cadena COPE.
At the international level, Rincón earned 22 caps for Spain and scored ten goals over three years. He made his international debut in April 1983 during a UEFA Euro 1984 qualifier against the Republic of Ireland, where he scored two goals in just 15 minutes.
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2. Alfonso Pérez
Another great striker we can’t ignore in Beti’s all-time best players is Alfonso Pérez Muñoz, commonly known as Alfonso.
He is a retired Spanish professional footballer who excelled as a striker. With stints at both Real Madrid and Barcelona, Alfonso reminds the world of his exceptional heading ability despite his height not surpassing 180 cm.
Throughout his career, he played in 307 La Liga matches across three teams, including two spells with Real Betis, scoring a total of 84 goals.
Alfonso made his professional debut with Real Madrid in 1991 at the age of 18 where he mostly played as a backup to Emilio Butragueño and later Iván Zamorano, and he contributed to Real Madrid’s championship victory in 1995.
In 1995, Alfonso secured a move to Real Betis, and during his second season with the club, he achieved a remarkable feat, scoring 25 La Liga goals, the highest number by a player in a single season in the club’s history.
Teaming up with Pier, the duo combined a total of 60 goals from 1995 to 1997, helping Betis to a fourth-place finish. In the 2000-01 season, Alfonso moved to FC Barcelona, however, he faced difficulties adapting to Camp Nou and struggled to find the back of the net, scoring only twice in his first year.
In January 2002, he embarked on an unsuccessful loan spell at Olympique de Marseille in the French Ligue 1, alongside Real Madrid’s Alberto Rivera. After then, he returned to Real Betis on loan from Barcelona and eventually signed with the club permanently.
3. Julio Cardeñosa
Here’s another former Spanish player who was great for Real Betis. I know you will be wondering why if it’s all about Spanish players, but it’s not.
Julio Cardeñosa Rodríguez was a classy midfielder born on 27 October 1949. I knew about him from Grandpa, I think Juilo is one of Grandpa’s favorite players because he never stops talking about his role as a central midfielder.
However, In his professional career, Cardeñosa played for Real Betis, where he won the Copa del Rey in the 1976-77 season. He also represented the Spanish national team, participating in one World Cup and one European Championship.
Cardeñosa joined Real Betis from his local club, Real Valladolid, in 1974 and remained with Betis until his retirement.
Despite his slender physique, Cardeñosa proved his impressive technical ability, which contributed to his 412 competitive appearances for the Andalusian side, including 307 appearances over ten seasons in La Liga.
His notable contribution came in the form of helping Betis secure the Copa del Rey title in 1977. After retiring at the age of 35, Cardeñosa moved into coaching in the region.
He began as a youth manager at Betis and had two short-lived spells with the first team, including a stint in the top flight during the 1990-91 season, which ultimately ended in relegation.
In 2010, Cardeñosa returned to Betis as part of the coaching staff under newly appointed manager Pepe Mel. In addition, Julio made his debut in a crucial 1978 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Yugoslavia, playing the full 90 minutes in a decisive 1-0 away victory.
I could remember Dad talking about his missed opportunity in a group stage match against Brazil, where he failed to convert an open goal chance in a goalless draw, leading to Spain’s elimination from the tournament at the hands of the South Americans.
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4. Finidi George
Finidi George, born on 15 April 1971, is a Nigerian football coach and former player who often operated as a right winger. He is one of the best all-time players/wingers in Real Betis history.
He recorded huge success at Ajax in the Netherlands, where he played a vital part in a team that won eight major titles, including the 1995 Champions League.
Finidi later moved to Spain, where he played for Real Betis, and had a brief spell in England before retiring from professional football.
Finidi was a key member of the Nigerian national team during the 1990s, participating in two World Cups. He wore the iconic number 7 jersey throughout his career for Nigeria.
In September 2021, he was appointed as the head coach of Enyimba F.C., a club in the Nigeria Professional Football League. I would say Finidi’s time at Real Betis was productive, with impressive goal-scoring records in several seasons.
In his first year with the Andalusian club, he helped them secure a fourth-place finish in La Liga and reached the Copa del Rey final, scoring in a close 2-3 defeat to FC Barcelona in extra time. There was also a possibility of him joining Real Madrid, although the transfer fell through.
He is regarded as one of Nigeria’s greatest wingers, and he is mostly known for his physical strength, tall stature, speed, accurate crosses, efficient dribbling, and free kicks ability.
Today, Finidi George continues to contribute to the sport as a coach, leading Enyimba F.C. and sharing his wealth of experience with the next generation of players.
5. Gabriel Calderón
Gabriel Humberto Calderón, born on 7 February 1960 in Rawson, Chubut Province, is an Argentine professional football manager and former player.
Currently, he is the manager of UAE Pro League side Khor Fakkan Club. Calderón began his football journey with Club El Porvenir before moving to Racing Club de Avellaneda and later Club Atlético Independiente.
He then joined Real Betis in La Liga where he established himself as the best in his position, making 131 appearances and scoring 38 goals for the club.
Calderón had a successful career, playing for teams like the Argentine clubs Racing Club de Avellaneda and Club Atlético Independiente, Spanish side Real Betis, and French club Paris Saint-Germain.
After retiring from playing, he then moves into management, seeing teams like Caen, Lausanne Sports, and various Middle Eastern clubs, including the Saudi Arabia national team, Omani national team, Al-Ittihad, Al-Hilal, Baniyas, Bahrain national team, Al-Wasl, Qatar SC, and Persepolis F.C. He also managed Real Betis in La Liga.
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6. Luís Eduardo Schmidt
Luís Eduardo Schmidt or Edu is a retired Brazilian footballer who played as a versatile midfielder and forward for clubs like Real Betis.
He spent the majority of his professional career in Spain with Celta de Vigo and Real Betis, helping both clubs secure their first-ever appearance in the UEFA Champions League. However, In La Liga, Edu recorded a total of 253 matches and 63 goals over nine years.
Edu began his career at São Paulo FC but made only 11 appearances for the club in the Série A. In 2000, he signed for RC Celta de Vigo in Spain and became an integral part of the team in La Liga campaigns.
Despite battling injuries in the 2003-04 season, Edu played a role in Celta’s UEFA Champions League run, scoring a goal against Arsenal. He then moved to Real Betis on loan Following Celta’s relegation.
During his first season at Betis, Edu formed a strong partnership with Ricardo Oliveira and contributed 11 goals in 32 league appearances, helping the team qualify for the Champions League and win the Copa del Rey.
In his second year, he scored crucial goals in the Champions League qualifying round, and In 2006, Edu was permanently signed by Betis for €2,000,000.
He played an important role in helping the team avoid relegation during the 2006-07 season, scoring two goals in a crucial match.
He was the club’s top scorer in the 2007-2008 season with 12 goals, including a brace against FC Barcelona. Injuries limited Edu’s appearances in the 2008-09 season, and Betis was relegated, he was then released by the club.
After a nine-year absence from playing football, he returned to Brazil and signed a two-year contract with Sport Club Internacional.
He later joined Esporte Clube Vitória on a free transfer and then moved to the United States, signing with Colorado Rapids in Major League Soccer.
7. Luis Aragonés
Well, you can tell him you know him for his days at Atletico Madrid, and I remind you of his days at Real Betis. During his time at Atlético, he won four national championships and led the team to the 1974 European Cup Final.
Aragonés played 265 games in the Primera Liga for Atlético, scoring 123 goals. Aside from Atlético, Aragonés had stints at other clubs, including Real Madrid, where he spent most of his time on loan to other teams.
He played for Getafe Deportivo, Recreativo de Huelva, Hércules, and AD Plus Ultra. In 1960, he joined Real Oviedo and made his debut in the Primera División, from 1961 to 1964, Aragonés played for Real Betis, recording 86 league appearances and scoring 33 goals.
Plus, he was a success as the head coach of the Spain national team, leading them to their second European Championship title in 2008.
8. Joaquín Sánchez Rodríguez
Joaquín is a former Spanish professional footballer who played as a right winger for La Liga club Real Betis. I love Joaquín for his qualities like pace, dribbling, and crossing abilities.
In his career, he has been closely associated with Real Betis and Valencia, recording 600 appearances and scoring 77 goals in La Liga over 19 seasons.
He has won the Copa del Rey twice, once with each club, and also represented Málaga before joining Italy’s Fiorentina in 2013.
Starting his career at Real Betis B, Joaquín made an immediate impact upon joining the first team in the 2000-2001 season. He played a crucial role as the team earned promotion back to La Liga.
Joaquín has recorded over 200 official appearances for Betis, with his goals and assists ability. He even played an important role in Betis’ Copa del Rey victory in the 2004-2005 season.
Joaquín also featured in the UEFA Champions League, representing Betis in the group stage matches and making lovely performances against Chelsea and Liverpool. However, Joaquin is the player with the most appearance in the Real Betis shirt.
9. Carlos Diarte
Carlos Martínez Diarte was a Paraguayan football striker and coach. Diarte began his professional career with Olimpia Asunción, making his debut at the age of 16 and helping the team win the Paraguayan championship in 1971.
His exceptional speed and goal-scoring abilities quickly attracted the attention of European clubs, and in 1973, he joined Real Zaragoza in Spain.
He was part of the famous “Zaraguayos” group, which included other Paraguayan stars like Saturnino Arrua and Felipe Ocampos. Diarte later signed with Valencia CF in 1976, forming a formidable attacking line alongside Mario Kempes and Johnny Rep.
He also had stints with UD Salamanca, Real Betis, and AS Saint-Étienne. In 1987, Diarte returned to Olympia Asunción to retire, contributing to another Paraguayan championship victory.
He is arguably one of the best Real Betis players of all time with a record of 79 appearances and 29 goals between 1980–1983.
10. Victorio Unamuno
Unamuno was a special Spanish forward, and he had a successful football career playing for Real Betis, and some other clubs in the Spanish League.
He played for Athletic Bilbao and Betis in La Liga, accumulating a total of 144 games and scoring 101 goals. Unamuno began his professional journey with Deportivo Alavés, helping them reach the semi-finals of the 1928 Copa del Rey before joining Athletic Bilbao.
At Bilbao, he won two La Liga titles and four consecutive domestic cups. Unamuno formed an attacking partnership with Bata, Guillermo Gorostiza, José Iraragorri, Chirri II, and Lafuente.
In 1933, he moved to Real Betis, where he became the team’s top scorer in the 1934-35 season, helping them secure their first and only national championship.
Unfortunately, his career was disrupted by the Spanish Civil War, but he eventually returned to Athletic Bilbao, where he finished his playing career in 1942, retiring at the age of 33.
In my head, these top 10 Real Betis best players of all time have all contributed to the club’s history and have become iconic figures in the hearts of Betis fans.
Their achievements with the club put them among the best players to have ever put on the green and white stripes of Real Betis.
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