Sandro Ramírez, FC Barcelona's 21st Canary Islander

Sandro Ramírez, FC Barcelona's 21st Canary Islander

The striker follows on from the likes of Pedro, Jeffren and Mario

Sandro Ramírez has become the 21st player from the archipelago located just off the northwest coast of Africa to have played for the Barça first team. And he did so at El Madrigal in the company of one of the finest players ever to come from his homeland, Pedro Rodríguez. 

Two other Canary Islanders have played official matches for FCB since the turn of the century: Jeffren (2008-11) and Mario (2003/04). The former, famous for scoring the fifth goal in the 5-0 win against Real Madrid, was actually born in Venezuela, but his family moved across the Atlantic when he was only one year old. The latter, a centre back, was born in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and was 16 when he first came to the mainland to play for Atlético Madrid. 

Of the other 17 Canary Islanders, one in particular will be well remembered by older supporters. That was Gerardo Miranda, right back at the club between 1981 and 1988 who made no fewer than 279 appearances. And not forgetting Ángel Arocha, considered one of the first true legends in FC Barcelona history, and who arrived from Tenerife to score an astonishing 215 goals in 207 matches from 1926 to 1933

Here is a full list of the players from Spain’s southernmost region that have played for Barça:

Ángel ArochaSanta Cruz de Tenerife1926-1933
Bernardino SemánSanta Cruz de Tenerife1929-1932
Victorio Cruz RiverolLas Palmas1932-1934
José PadrónLas Palmas1932-1934
Juan TrujilloLas Palmas1933-1935
Domingo RuanoLas Palmas1934-1935
Luis MirandaLas Palmas1939-1940
Juan Hilario Marrero PérezLas Palmas1939-1940
Quique PérezSanta Cruz de Tenerife1940-1941
Cristóbal Ceballos GarcíaLas Palmas1940-1943
Juan HerreraLas Palmas1941-1942
Alfonso Rodríguez 'Foncho'La Laguna1960-1967
Vicente González SosaAgaete1961-1966
Juan Díaz 'Juanito'Santa Cruz de Tenerife1971-1974
José Antonio BarriosSanta Cruz de Tenerife1972-1974
Gerardo MirandaPort Éttienne (Mauritania)1981-1988
Marco Tomás Gutiérrez 'Tommy'Orotava1988
Mario ÁlvarezSanta Cruz de Tenerife2003-2004
Jeffren SuárezCiudad Bolívar (Venezuela)2008-2011
Pedro RodríguezSanta Cruz de Tenerife2008- ?
Sandro RamírezLas Palmas2014-?
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