##Born in 1957 in Catarroja (Valencia), Ricardo Arias played 521 matches for Valencia CF, from 1976 to 1992. On 14th May of 1980, he scored the deciding penalty for Valencia CF v Arsenal…that won the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup for the Spanish side.
24/7 VALENCIA: Could you tell us more about the biography of Ricardo Arias, ‘LIBRE’?
SARGANTANA BOOKS: “That lanky and shy midfielder who arrived at the club with trembling legs ended up becoming an imposing defender, the four on his back, the senyera on his forearm, his hair in the wind. An intelligent sweeper with an unmistakable control of the ball. Possibly the most elegant defender to ever set foot in Mestalla”.
Report by 24/7 Valencia team
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