I joined the Athletic Young Academy when I was 12. In Lezama, I learnt football values, I embraced a lifestyle, I started as a cub and I shaped as a lion. I made my debut in October 1987 in Valladolid with a defeat.
I have played for all the national team categories until I reached the first team in Ljubljana against the former Yugoslavia in 1990. With the number 4 in my back I had the pleasure to represent the national team in the Italy World Championship in 1990. After that, EEUU 1994. I also played the Euro Cup in England in 1996. My last World tournament was France 1998.
My second big learning curve was when Real Madrid, trained by Benito Floro by then, contacted me. It was 1993, a “rock’n’roll” period where I played more tournaments than ever and I won several title. The first one was hugely especial, as we won the Spanish Super Cup against FC Barcelona. We also won 2 League tournaments, 94-95 with Jorge Valdano and 96-97 with Fabio Capello.
After 4 superb years, I came back to my origins. I joined Athletic again in 1997 where we made history being the runner-up in the League tournament. I kept playing as a professional footballer in the club that brought me up until 2002 when I decided to retire from football.