The World Cup has finally kicked off, and Real Madrid have a number of representatives who will fight for the crown. Up to 12 of Carlo Ancelotti’s men are taking part in the tournament. Many of them will surely score goals, following the steps of Luis Regueiro, the first Madridista to have ever scored in a World Cup.
The first goal of a Real Madrid player in a World Cup did not arrive soon. In fact, in the first edition of the tournament –Uruguay 1930 – there were no Real Madrid players at all in the competition. The reason is that Los Blancos only had Spanish players in that year’s squad, and Spain didn’t take part in the first World Cup.
Things changed in the second edition of the tournament – Italy 1934. Spain did qualify this time and Real Madrid was finally represented in the most important football competition on the planet. Italy saw the first goal by a Real man at the World Cup.
Luis Regueiro scored on May 31st 1934, in the quarter-final match between Spain and Italy at Giovanni Berta Stadium, in Florence. Regueiro put the Spaniards ahead in the 30th minute, but the hosts managed to equalise before half-time thanks to Ferrari’s goal.
The final result of the game was a 1-1 draw. Back then, there was no extra-time and no penalties, Spain and Italy had to play a second match to determine who would qualify for the semi-finals. Finally, the Azzurri moved into the next round after beating Spain 1-0, and they would go on to win the World Cup.
Luis Regueiro played for Real Madrid from 1931 to 1936 and scored 54 goals in 125 appearances for Los Blancos. As a Madridista, he won La Liga twice and also two Copas.