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Horacio Raul Baldessari

Horacio Raul "La Pepa" Baldessari is a former Argentine football striker who played professionally in Argentina, Bolivia and Peru during the late 1970s, 80s and early 90s. He is the current manager for Peruvian lower division club Atletico Chalaco.

He began his career in 1975 with modest club Sportivo Belgrano, but joined Belgrano de Cordoba the following season. In 1978 he went abroad to play for Bolivian side Blooming. Years later he would also play for Oriente Petrolero, Bolivar and Destroyers. During his spell in the Bolivian league, he scored a total of 161 goals, placing his name fifth in the list of all-time topscorers. Even though Baldessari became a naturalized Bolivian, he was never considered as an option for the national team. In 1988 he returned to Argentina and played for his beloved Belgrano de Cordoba once again. By 1990, he transferred to Peruvian side Deportivo Municipal before signing with popular team Sporting Cristal the following year. At first he was heavily questioned by club fans and the media about his age; nonetheless, La Pepa proved them wrong and finished the season as the topscorer that year with 25 goals, and consequently helped Cristal win the 1991 Peruvian title. Baldessari always admitted having spent the best years of his career playing for the cerveceros because he received so many affections that made him feel like at home. After his retirement in 1993, Baldessari settled in Lima, and became a football analyst for several television and radio networks.

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