Paulino Alcantara

Paulino Alcántara Riestrá (born Iloilo City, The Philippines, October 7, 1896; died Barcelona, Spain, February 13, 1964) was a Filipino/Spanish footballer who played for FC Barcelona, Bohemians Manila and Spain. Alcántara is still the youngest player to play and score for FC Barcelona in a competitive game. He played for the club between 1912 and 1927, scoring 357 goals in 357 matches and remains the clubs all-time top goalscorer. Alcántara was also the first Asian-born footballer to play for a European club.

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Paulino Alcantara is not only considered the greatest Filipino footballer, but he still holds the record for the most goals scored at FC Barcelona, current world champions and the richest club in the world. Quite impressive, considering who else has gone through the Barcelona roster over the years, including Johann Cruyff, Hristo Stoichkov, Ronaldo, and current World Player of the Year Ronaldinho, just to name a few. Born in the Philippines, Alcantara played for both the Philippine and Spanish National Teams (obviously before FIFA established the single-country law) during the teens and 20s. In any other country, Alcantara would be a national hero.

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