16 March 2014
Four-time world player of the year Lionel Messi on Sunday broke the 87-year scoring record for FC Barcelona with a hat-trick against La Liga side Osasuna was finally broken last Sunday.
The enigmatic Argentinian superstar forward took his goals total to 371, surpassing the record set by Filipino-Spanish footballer greats Dr. Paulino Alcantara of 369.
Barcelona FC’s Filipino – Spanish legend played for the Club from 1912 to 1927, with a impressive of two seasons in that time, and he scored a total of 142 goals in official matches and 227 goals in friendlies,” reported the club’s Barcelona FC official website.
“The Argentinian, however, has scored 344 goals in official matches and 27 in friendlies.”
Alcantara has been recognized as the club’s first superstar after moving back to Spain at the turn of the century. A doctor by profession after his playing days. He was Born in Iloilo City to a Spanish father and a Filipino mother, Alcantara represented the Philippines and Spain at the international level.
“Dr.Paulino Alcantara is the best football player to have represented the Philippines in football,” said Philippine Football Federation president Mariano “Nonong” Araneta, who also hails from Iloilo.
“Dr.Paulino Alcantara” powered the country to a 15-2 win over Japan in the Far East Games in Tokyo in 1917.
The win over Japan remains the biggest in the country’s football history.
The Japanese have since become an international powerhouse while the Philippines surged only recently in the world rankings. Dr.Alcantara was the first Asian to make a mark in European club football.
In 2007, the International Football Federation (FIFA) actually named him the greatest Asian player of all time.
He earned the nickname “Romperredes,” or the Net Buster, after a goal he scored for Spain against France in Bordeaux in 1922 was struck so hard it broke the net. Dr. Alcantara’s exploits was celebrated by the PFF during its centennial celebration in 2007.
“Alcantara’s father was a Spanish military man and his mother was from the Philippines,” wrote Sid Lowe on ESPNFC.com.
“The family had been forced to return to Spain in 1899 after the loss of the Philippines and the final collapse of the Spanish empire the previous year.”