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Alberto Spencer

Alberto Pedro Spencer Herrera was an Ecuadorian football (soccer) player, regarded as the best of his country. He is probably best known for his still-standing record for scoring the most goals in the Copa Libertadores, the most important club tournament in South America. He was elected the 20th best South American footballer of the 20th century in a poll by the IFFHS in 2004.

Born in Ancon, Guayas, Ecuador, Spencer, who was also known as "" (Spanish for magic head) was the son of a Jamaican of British origins.

Alberto Spencer began his career at 15 playing for Everest. His jump to fame would occur when was scouted while playing on loan for Barcelona SC against Penarol in July 1959. Penarol's manager, Hugo Bagnulo, asked his scout 'Pibe' Ortega to get him from the bleachers after the game was over. He was soon transferred to Penarol where he amassed 3 Libertadores Cups, Two Intercontinental Cups, as well as several Uruguayan league titles. After his second Intercontinental Cup, he was twice tapped by Inter Milan, but ultimately Penarol's board would not sell him .

Related websites

IFFHS' Century Elections

Alberto Spencer: el Caballero, el Diplomatico, el Goleador

International Herald Tribune obituary

Alberto Pedro Spencer's Matches and Goals in Copa Libertadores

Honor Video for Alberto Spencer on Youtube

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