In an outstanding recommendation to the Spanish press, Poland international defender Damien Perquis announced 33-year-old Ruben Castro as the best he has ever seen, not his international teammate Robert Lewandowski.
"I have never seen such a skilled player in front of goal," Perquis told Radio Marca Sevilla. "I think he is the best player in the category.
"Front of the goal, in my career, I have never seen such a skilled player with a goal. Always looking for the opportunity to shoot and when he does, it is always a danger to the keeper.
"In front of goal, I have not seen better in my career."
Now in the Spanish Segunda Division after relegation in last place from La Liga last season, Real Betis sit in a healthy fifth position – out of a possible 22 – and have been among the highest scorers in the division largely thanks to Castro’s goals.
The experienced striker has netted in every game he has played so far, and despite his second division label, he has proven nothing but top level quality. It should come as no surprise since his last three seasons in the Spanish top flight saw him score an impressive 44 goals in 93 league appearances.
Interest from the Premier League has never been too far away either. West Bromwich Albion and Everton have been linked to the diminutive striker in the past and if he can keep proving age is just a number, it wouldn’t be surprising if there were some enquires in January.