Francisco Antonio “Pancho” Varallo ( scoring one goal in the match against Mexico, but missed the semi-final against the United States due to injury. However, he was fit to play in the World Cup final against Uruguay and started at inside right forward. Argentina were leading 2-1 at half time, but eventually lost to the hosts 4-2.
Argentina’s goal tally first
|1.||25 May 1930||Estadio Gasmetro, Buenos Aires, Argentina||Uruguay||1-0||1-1||1930 Copa Newton|
|2.||19 July 1930||Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay||Mexico||4-1||6-3||1930 FIFA World Cup|
|3.||14 December 1933||Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay||Uruguay||1-0||1-0||Friendly|
|4.||30 December 1936||Estadio Gasmetro, Buenos Aires, Argentina||Chile||1-0||2-1||1937 South American Championship|
|6.||23 January 1937||Estadio Gasmetro, Buenos Aires, Argentina||Uruguay||1-3||2-3|
Varallo retired from football in 1940, due to injury problems.
Varallo’s career was recognised in 1994, when he was awarded with the FIFA Order of Merit for his contributions to football. He has also received honours from the Argentine Football Association and the South American Football Confederation.
In his late 90s Varallo had joked that he would have to come out of retirement should Martn Palermo overtake his record of 181 professional goals for Boca.
He marked his 100th birthday in February 2010 in his hometown near Buenos Aires by recalling the 1930 clash between his country and neighbouring Uruguay. In an interview he gave to FIFA to mark his birthday, he stated that losing in the final to Uruguay was his ‘greatest disappointment’.
Varallo died on 30 August 2010, in his hometown of La Plata at the age of 100. Leading tributes to the former player, FIFA president Sepp Blatter stated that “The news that Francisco Varallo is no longer with us fills us with great sense of loss, both for his qualities as a person and an ambassador for our beloved sport … In these grief-filled moments I can take immense pride from the fact that a character such as Francisco Varallo, whom we shall never forget, represented the football family with such dignity“. The president of the South American Football Confederation Nicols Loz also released a statement expressing sadness at Varallo’s death.
Following his death, both of his former clubs, Gimnasia and Boca announced a day of mourning, while the South American Football Confederation announced that a minute’s silence was to be held during all Copa Sudamericana fixtures the following week.
- 1933 Topscorer in Argentina and South America 34 goals.
- Boca Juniors second highest goalscorer in the professional era: 181 goals (Record broken by Martn Palermo in 2009).
- FIFA Order of Merit 1994.
- CONMEBOL Order of Merit 2006.
- The last surviving player from the 1930 World Cup.