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Faustino Asprilla

Faustino Hernan "Tino" Asprilla Hinestroza (born 10 November 1969 in Tulua) is a former Colombian football player. He was known by his supporters in his home country as The Octopus for his flexible and fluid style.

After starting out playing football with local team Carlos Sarmiento Lora School, Asprilla started his professional career in 1988 for the Colombian team Cucuta Deportivo at the age of 18 for a year before transferring to Atletico Nacional. 35 goals in 78 games brought him to the attention to several Italian clubs who bid for him with Parma winning the race to sign him for US$ 10.9 million dollars in 1992.

In his first Italian season at Parma, Asprilla scored some important goals, like the 27-yard second-half free kick which helped Parma beat AC Milan, 1-0, ending the Italian champion's unbeaten streak at 58 matches. It was at Parma, that Asprilla arguably enjoyed his greatest club success. Asprilla was part of the Parma team that won its first international tournament, in the Cup Winners' Cup, scoring four goals in eight matches. It was his "double" in Spain that rallied the Italian team to a 2-1 victory over Atletico Madrid in the semifinals.

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