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Paulino Riestra Alcántara
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Birth: Oct. 7, 1896
Iloilo Province
Western Visayas, Philippines
Death: Feb. 13, 1964
Provincia de Barcelona
Cataluna, Spain

Son of Eduardo Alcantara & Victoriana Camilan Riestra

Married Blanca Lopez

Alcantara was born on 07 October 1897 to a Spanish military officer and an Ilongga mother in Concepcion, Iloilo, Philippines. He moved to Barcelona with his parents in 1905, when he was 8 years old. The budding football star made his debut for the Barcelona youth team in February 1912 at the age of 15 and remains the youngest player to score for the club. He also scored 357 goals in 357 matches, making him the club's highest goal scorer (counting goals scored in both official and exhibition games). A legendary striker, he ripped the goal net in a game against France and earned the nicknames "El Rompe Redes", "Trencaxarxes" or "The Net Breaker."

Paulino's football career was punctuated when his family returned to the Philippines in 1916. In 1917, Alcantara contracted malaria and refused to take his medicine, until his parents agreed to send him back to Spain. Football remained a big part of his young life — Alcantara continued to play, representing the Bohemian Sporting Club, the Philippines and Spain in local and international competitions.

In 1927, Alcantara retired as a player to become a physician. He later served as club director for FC Barcelona. As one of the early footballers to write memoirs of his playing days, Alcantara left a proud legacy. He died in Barcelona, Spain on 13 February 1964 at age 67. A life-size statue of Alcantara was unveiled at the Philippine Football Federation office at the PhilSports Complex in Pasig during the football centennial commemoration in 2007.

Cementiri de Les Corts
Provincia de Barcelona
Cataluna, Spain
Created by: Schott Family
Record added: Mar 16, 2014
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Paulino Riestra Alcántara
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Paulino Riestra Alcántara
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Paulino Riestra Alcántara
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