|March 23, 1968|
|Place of Birth|
Fernando Ruiz Hierro (Spanish pronunciation: ; born 23 March 1968) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a central defender, sweeper or defensive midfielder, and is a coach.
He won five La Liga and three Champions League trophies with Real Madrid over the course of 14 years after signing from Valladolid, during which he appeared in more than 500 official games. He also competed professionally in Qatar and England.
Hierro represented Spain on nearly 90 occasions, appearing in four World Cups and two European Championships. He started working as a manager in 2016 with Oviedo, being appointed at the helm of the national team two years later.
Hierro was born in Vélez-Málaga, Province of Málaga. After beginning his football career at local club Vélez-Málaga he had a very brief youth spell with neighbouring CD Málaga, where he was told he was not good enough for the sport, which prompted a return home. He eventually made his La Liga debuts with Real Valladolid, being bought by Real Madrid in the summer of 1989 after two solid seasons.
|Height||6 ft 3 in / 188 cm|
|Shoe (Feet) Size||–|
|Eye Color||Dark brown|
|Race / ethnicity||White|