Immortal Santos

Oswaldo Javier Sánchez Ibarra

Oswaldo joined Santos Laguna in the 2007 Clausura tournament where he led the squad in its fight for permanence in Mexico’s first division.

The starting goalkeeper and team captain for 16 tournaments amassed a total of 296 games and more than 26 thousand minutes. 

He lifted the 2008 and 2012 league titles with Santos, and made it to two CONCACAF Champions League finals. 

Jared Francisco Borgetti Echavarría
Seasons: Winter 1996 -2004 Clausura

Arriving to Santos Laguna in the Winter of 1996, he helped the team to its first ever league title that same tournament, scoring 16 goals and playing every possible minute.

He was again crowned champion with los Guerreros in the Summer of 2001, where he scored 22 goals.

All-time with Santos Laguna, he amassed 295 league games and scored 189 goals, and to this day is the club’s all-time leading goal scorer. 

For three years he was recognized as the best Mexican striker and soccer player in 2000, 2001 and 2002.  With the Mexican national team, he has featured in the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup, the 2001 Confederations Cup, the 2001 and 2004 Copa America, and the 2003 Gold Cup.

Rodrigo Patricio Ruiz de Barbieri

Seasons: Summer 2000 - 2007 Apertura / 2010 Apertura – 2011 Clausura

Rodrigo “Pony” Ruiz can only be described as one of the most emblematic players in Santos history. A possessor of great technique, dribbling and one-on-one ability, the Chilean forward relied on both feet, and when he wasn’t scoring, he was generating plays for his teammates.

He arrived in the Summer of 2000 and remained with Santos Laguna for 14 tournaments, and in six of those, led the league in assists. He formed an explosive combination with Jared Borgetti, contributing to two titles in 2001 and 2008. 

He played 294 games, scored 59 goals and provided 78 passes for goal. To this day he has the most games in the Mexican league as a foreigner with 638, almost half of them defending the colors of Santos.

Christian Rogelio Benítez Betancourt

Seasons: 2007 Apertura – 2009 Clausura / 2010 Apertura – 2011 Clausura

Having been named best player in his native Ecuador, Christian Benítez arrived to la Laguna in 2006 and began his history with los Guerreros in 2007. 

He received the Best Player accolade for the 2008 Clausura, where he helped Santos to its third league title. 

He amassed a total of 60 games played and five thousand minutes on the pitch, where he netted 31 times and bagged 7 assists during his first spell with the club. 

His talents earned him the opportunity to play with Birmingham City in the English Premier League. 

Upon returning from Europe, "Chucho" returned to Santos for the 2010 Apertura where he scored 16 goals and was named the league’s leading goal scorer. He eventually would go on to play 35 more games, scoring 20 goals.