Álvaro Negredo Sánchez, known simply as Álvaro Negredo, was born in Madrid, Spain on 20 August 1985. A talented centre forward, he is known for his excellent finishing, his aerial ability and his strong work ethic.

Having started his career in Rayo Vallecano's youth academy, Negredo made his professional debut for the side during the 2004-05 Segunda División B season. He scored one goal for the club before moving to Real Madrid in the summer of 2005. During his time on Real Madrid's books, he played for the club's 'B' team, Real Madrid Castilla, scoring 22 goals in 65 appearances. However, he was unable to break into the first team and completed a move to Almería prior to the 2007-08 season.

Over the course of two seasons with Almería, Negredo enhanced his reputation, scoring 32 goals fo...

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