Arsenio Erico, maximo goleador of Argentinian championship

In the series of legendary players who have never competed in the World Cup, the Paraguayan Arsenio Erico, top scorer in the history of the Argentina championship still today, considered the greatest football player of the history of his country.

Of Italian origin by his paternal grandfather, Arsenio Pastor Erico was born in Asunción, capital of Paraguay, in 1915. After starting his career at the Club Nacional, he left his native country to join Argentina in the middle of the Chaco war then that he was not 20 years old to commit to starting the 1934 season with CA Independiente, who finished that year second of the national championship turned professional in 1931. With the club of Avellaneda, this exceptional scorer at Juvénil's face registered a total of 295 goals in 332 games, an average of 1.12 goals per game and "Los Rojos" won the championship for the first time in 1938, which they retain the following year. Gratified with several nicknames including "Mistergol", "El Mago" (the magician), "El Paraguayo de Oro" (Paraguayan gold) or "El Hombre de Goma" (the rubber man) because of its flexibility, Erico is a technical and spectacular player who will be admired by Alfredo Di Stéfano for his relaxation and dexterity. Unable to be selected in the Paraguayan national team due to the fact that he does not evolve in the domestic championship, the Argentine federation will even propose to him to wear the striped shirt sky and white, offers that "El Saltarín Rojo" (the dwarf red) will decline. Thus, this great South American talent will never participate in a match in the national team.

On this photo from El Gràfico's cover of July 22, 1938, Arsenio Erico poses with several leather footballs, including the 10-panel Tiento favorite of Argentina at the first World Cup in Uruguay in 1930 Like so many goals he had at the end of his shoes every game in the red jersey of the "CAI".

Ballon de football en cuir vintage Tiento 1930The 1930 Tiento model of the Argentine selection during the first World Cup in history.