Since May 2017 Bruno Soriano played a game for boyhood club Villarreal, after returning to action on Monday.
After making an emotional comeback, Soriano considered retirement revealed Villarreal captain after more than three years on the sidelines.
After 1,128 days without football, on Monday Soriano finally returned to Sevilla with 2-2 LaLiga draw at home.
Soriano came off the bench at El Madrigal in the 88th minute, where he got a huge ovation from his team-mates, coaching staff, and the president in the locker room.
“I don’t know what to say,” a tearful Soriano told Movistar post-match. “It’s been so long since I played that I almost don’t know what to say.”
“I’m very happy, of course. I had tried to return many times and it wasn’t possible. It’s a massive joy for me and for all the people at the club and for my family.”
Asked if he had ever considered retirement, Soriano replied: “There were some tough times where I thought that maybe the best thing was to stop because there had been many disappointments in a row. But now I’m going to try to help the team.”
The Spanish midfielder holding the record with 418 for most appearances in club history, Soriano has spent all of his careers with Villarreal after making his debut in 2006.
“That’s best of all,” said head coach Javi Calleja. “Having him back and helping the team is very important for us.”
“He’s an example of fighting back, we’re all very happy for his return and we hope to be able to count on him for the rest of the games.”