Spanish football mourns loss of Quini

A 1982 European Cup Winners' Cup winner with FC Barcelona, former Spain striker Enrique 'Quini' Castro – "somebody very much loved within Spanish football" – has passed away aged 68.

Quini enjoyed a glittering playing career
Quini enjoyed a glittering playing career ©Getty Images

Former Real Sporting de Gijón and FC Barcelona striker Enrique 'Quini' Castro has passed away aged 68.

Described by UEFA EURO 2012-winning coach Vicente del Bosque as "somebody very much loved within Spanish football, a compadre and great friend," Quini is widely recognised as one of the greatest forwards Spain has ever produced. He amassed 35 caps for his country, representing them at the 1980 UEFA European Championship as well as the FIFA World Cups of 1978 and 1982.

Over 19 garlanded seasons as a player, 15 of which were spent with Gijón over two spells separated by four years at Barcelona, Quini won the 1982 European Cup Winners' Cup and two Copas del Rey among other domestic honours. On an individual level he won seven 'Pichichi' awards for the top scorer in Spain – five in the top flight and two in the second tier.

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