Club: RCD Espanyol (1994/1997) | Atlético de Madrid (1997)
In my opinion, the best player that played in Espanyol that I've ever seen. A player with an incredible speed, he is also know as 'Speedy' by the Espanyol supporters, and great definition. Technically impeccable, he can play on the side as wing, but his explosion begin playing in the center as second striker or offensive midfielder, making a lot of pain to the defenses playing between lines. His better match is a hat-trick against Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey. His great performances in Espanyol make possible his transfer to Atlético de Madrid, starting an another incredible season, but a car accident cuts his promising career, he started a decline that made him have to retire at the early age of 30 years.
-Personal view of him-
A skilled and pacy offensive player with netting ability, Lardín started with CE Sabadell FC, and made his professional debuts with RCD Espanyol, also in Catalonia, in 1992–93 (Espanyol would be relegated), and went on to become an essential figure with the Barcelona-based outfit. From 1994–96, as the club reached the UEFA Cup in one season, narrowly missing on another, Lardín netted 29 goals in 76 league games, under the guidance of José Antonio Camacho.
In 1997–98, Lardín signed with Atlético de Madrid for 1.5M million pesetas, but would only appear significantly throughout his first season. A serious car accident in October 1997 would not prevent his national team debut one month later (a 1-1 friendly match against Romania, in Palma de Mallorca).
After unassuming loan stints with old team Espanyol and Segunda División Xerez CD, Lardín retired from football at age 29. He made a tentative comeback two years later, with modest CD Leganés.
Internationally, Lardín also appeared for Spain at the 1996 Summer Olympics.