Right back nicknamed Il Due who appeared in 254 matches for Real Madrid from 1999 to 2009, helping the club win two UEFA Champions League titles and four La Liga titles. He was a member of the Spanish national team from 1998 to 2006.
He debuted professionally for Celta's B squad in 1994.
He spent the last three years of his career with the Blackburn Rovers, retiring in 2012.
He married Malula Sanz, the daughter of Lorenzo Sanz, who served as president of Real Madrid.
He and midfielder Andres Iniesta were teammates on the Spanish national team.