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Overview

Herminio Masantonio (5 August 1910 – 11 September 1956) was an Argentine football centre-forward. He played most of his career for Club Atltico Huracn and represented Argentina at international level.

Club career

Masantonio started his professional career at the very dawn of the professional era of Argentine football in 1931. He went on to become one of the most noted goalscorers in the history of the Argentine Primera Division. He scored a total of 256 goals in 358 games in Argentine football. He is still the third highest scoring player in Argentine football.

Masantonio stayed with Huracn until 1943 when he joined Uruguayan team Club Atltico Defensor (Defensor Sporting Club since 1989). He soon returned to Argentina to play for Banfield in 1944 before retiring after one last season with Huracn.

Masantonio scored 254 goals for Huracn making him the club’s highest scoring player.[1] He scored a total of 259 goals in 369 games for all of his club teams.

Masantonio was the inspiration for an Argentine tango titled ‘El mortero del Globito’ on YouTube, written by Miguel Padula (music) and Francisco Garca Jimnez (lyrics), recorded on 9 May 1933 by the Orquesta Tpica Victor, featuring Alberto Gmez on vocals.

International career

Masantonio represented Argentina at the 1935 and 1942 South American Championships. He was topscorer in both competitions as Argentina finished second in both tournaments; his 11 goals in the competition leave him in 12th place in the list of Copa Amrica topscorers.[2]

Masantonio scored a total of 21 goals for Argentina in only 19 games, putting him in 11th place in the table of Argentina’s top goalscorers.[3]

Honours

Club

Huracn
  • Copa Beccar Varela: 1933

International

Argentina

Individual