Bull fighting offers a certain amount of fame for the bullfighters. Some gain special nick names to ensure their fame. Here are a few of the famous Spanish bullfighters from the twentieth century.
Here is our top 5 list of the most famous Spanish bullfighters from the past century:
5. Alonso Enrique Ponce Martinez
Known as Enrique Ponce, he emerged in the 1980s and 1990s among a new generation of matadors. With his debut in 1986, Enrique made his name in Baeza. He continues to fight to this day with great success.
4. Manuel Laureano Rodriguez Sanchez
Known as Manolete, Manuel is one of the best bull fighters of Spain’s 20th century. The contribution that Manolete brought to the full fighting ring is the serious approach to the bulls he brought. He was able to get the bull to pass very close multiple times while Manolete stood still. He received gores several times. The final time killed him at age 30.
3. Francisco Romero Lopez
Known as Curro Romero, Francisco began fighting in Seville in 1954. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Francisco fought bulls all over Spain. He continued to fight well into his 60s, retiring in 1996 at the age of 66. His likeness is on a bronze statue outside the bullring of Seville.
2. Cayetano Ordonez
Cayetano was the founder of the Ordonez family of Spanish bullfighters. He gained the nickname Nino de la Palma from a shoe shop that is parents owned, La Palma, in Ronda, Spain. He started fighting as a teenager around the Ronda area before making his debut in the professional ring at age 19. He gained a great deal of fame and was much in demand all around Spain. He finally retired in 1942, but he directed the Lisbon School of Bullfighting after that. He was the model for the character Pedro Romero in Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises.
1. Antonio Ordonez Araujo
Antonio was one of the top bullfighters of the mid-twentieth century. Born in 1932, he fought over 3000 bulls in his career. He retired first in 1968 after facing 60 bulls in that year. However, he could not stay away and came back to the ring quickly. He stayed in the ring until his final retirement in 1988 at the age of 56. During his career, he befriended many writers and actors. He also starred in some films in the role of a bull fighter.
These are only a few of the famous matadors that made their mark on Spanish bullfighting.
Article by: Markus Jalmerot