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Héctor Rial

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Full nameJosé Héctor Rial Laguía
Place of birthPergamino, Argentina
Playing positionstriker

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José Héctor Rial Laguía (14 October 1928 24 February 1991) was a football player from Argentina who played for Real Madrid between 1954 and 1961. He was part of the team that won five consecutive European Cups. He played professional football in Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay, Spain, France and Chile as well as representing the Spain national football team on five occasions.

Rial started playing professional football in 1947 with San Lorenzo de Almagro in the Primera Division Argentina. In 1949 he moved to Colombia to play for Independiente de Santa Fe. After 2 seasons with the club, he moved to Uruguay to join Nacional where he was part of the Primera División Uruguaya championship winning side of 1952.

In 1954 Rial joined Spanish giants Real Madrid, where he played for 7 years, amassing 10 major titles with the team.

In 1961 Rial left Real to join Espanyol in Barcelona, but he left the club after a disappointing season, where the club finished 13th of the 16 teams in La Liga. The next season, Rial joined the French club Olympique de Marseille, which finished at the bottom of the league, prompting Rial's return to South America.

Rial's final season was the 1964 campaign with Unión Española in Chile. The club finished 6th in the league, and he retired at the end of the season.

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