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Borredá, Di Stéfano’s nemesis, passes away

Gonzalo Borredá, former CD Málaga player between 1954 and 1960 and Malaguista legend, passed away today at the age of 88. Rest in peace.

Gonzalo Borredá Donat was born in Ontinyent (Valencia) on 31st July 1931. After training and playing with the former Onteniente CF, he moved to the CD Alcoyano discipline in 1952, although in the 52/53 season he was loaned out to UD Alcira. In the 53/54 campaign he returned to CD Alcoyano, in the Second Division, from where he would move to CD Málaga.

His Malaguista debut took place on 19th September 1954 on matchday 2 against Atlético de Madrid at the Estadio Metropolitano (2-2). That season, with Málaga in the First Division, Borredá played a memorable match against Real Madrid on 23rd January 1955; CD Málaga won by 3-1 and midfielder, Borredá dedicated himself to marking Di Stéfano, in such a way that the Spanish-Argentinean star only scored the honorary goal for Madrid.

The following four seasons Borredá remained with CD Málaga in the Second Division, and until today was one of the last remaining survivors of the Malaguista expedition that suffered a plane crash in Los Rodeos (Tenerife) on 29th September 1956, together with Bernardi and Coco.

His last campaign as a Malaguista was in the Third Division, in the CD Málaga 3-1 Olímpico de Játiva clash, which took place on 12th June 1960, leading to the Blue and Whites’ promotion to the Second Division. This was his last official match with the Martiricos club.

Borredá, a regular fixture in the team line-ups, showed immense consistency with CD Málaga, playing a total of 158 official games, scoring five goals. Following his time with CD Málaga, he moved to CD Tenerife, Onteniente CF and Olímpica Victoriana, where he retired from active football in 1967.

Abdullah Ben Barek

“We were like brothers. He was a team man in midfield, a powerful player; he scared Di Stéfano. For me he was the best player to mark him in history. A great teammate and friend, he gave everything and expected nothing in return”.