Herminio Masantonio

Herminio Masantonio (5 August 1910 – 11 September 1956) was an Argentine football centre-forward. He played most of his career for Club Atlético Huracán and represented Argentina at international level.

Herminio Masantonio
Masantonio during his time as a Huracán player
Personal information
Date of birth (1910-08-05)5 August 1910
Place of birth Ensenada, Argentina
Date of death 11 September 1956(1956-09-11) (aged 46)
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
Sportivo Villa Albino
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1931–1943, 1945 Huracán 349 (254)
1943 Defensor 11 (3)
1944 Banfield 9 (2)
National team
1935–1942 Argentina 19 (21)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 2007

Club careerEdit

Masantonio started his professional career at the very dawn of the professional era of Argentine football in 1931. He went on to become one of the most noted goalscorers in the history of the Argentine Primera Division. He scored a total of 256 goals in 358 games in Argentine football. He is still the third highest scoring player in Argentine football.

Masantonio stayed with Huracán until 1943 when he joined Uruguayan team Club Atlético Defensor (Defensor Sporting Club since 1989). He soon returned to Argentina to play for Banfield in 1944 before retiring after one last season with Huracán.

Masantonio scored 254 goals for Huracán making him the club's highest scoring player.[1] He scored a total of 259 goals in 369 games for all of his club teams.

Masantonio was the inspiration for an Argentine tango titled 'El mortero del Globito' on YouTube, written by Miguel Padula (music) and Francisco García Jiménez (lyrics), recorded on 9 May 1933 by the Orquesta Típica Victor, featuring Alberto Gómez on vocals.

International careerEdit

Masantonio represented Argentina at the 1935 and 1942 South American Championships. He was topscorer in both competitions as Argentina finished second in both tournaments; his 11 goals in the competition leave him in 12th place in the list of Copa América topscorers.[2]

Masantonio scored a total of 21 goals for Argentina in only 19 games, putting him in 11th place in the table of Argentina's top goalscorers.[3]



  • Copa Beccar Varela: 1933





  1. ^ "Masantonio in numbers {{in lang|es}}". Archived from the original on 2007-10-30. Retrieved 2007-10-06.
  2. ^ rsssf Copa América topscorers
  3. ^ Roberto Mamrud (14 July 2016). "Goalscoring for Argentina National Team". RSSSF.com. Archived from the original on 17 January 2010. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  4. ^ Martín Tabeira (23 November 2007). "Southamerican Championship 1935 - Scorers' list". RSSSF.com. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  5. ^ Martín Tabeira (12 August 2009). "Southamerican Championship 1942 - Scorers' list". RSSSF.com. Retrieved 2 September 2016.

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