Ricardo Infante

Ricardo Roberto "Beto" Infante (21 June 1924 – 14 December 2008) was a former Argentine football player and manager, who played as a striker. He was the 2nd highest scoring player in the history of Estudiantes de La Plata and the 6th highest scoring player in the professional era of the Primera División Argentina.

Ricardo Infante
Personal information
Full name Ricardo Roberto Infante
Date of birth (1924-06-21)21 June 1924
Place of birth La Plata, Argentina
Date of death 14 December 2008(2008-12-14) (aged 84)
Playing position(s) Striker
Youth career
1940–1942 Estudiantes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1942–1952 Estudiantes 329 (180)
1953–1956 Huracán 94 (31)
1957–1960 Estudiantes (See above)
1961 Gimnasia La Plata 16 (6)
National team
1947–1958 Argentina 5 (2)
Teams managed
1960 Estudiantes de La Plata
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 October 2007


Infante made his professional debut in 1942 for Estudiantes, he scored his first goal for the club on 1 August 1943 in a 2–2 draw with Chacarita Juniors. Infante went on to score 180 goals for the club in 328 games.

One of Infante's greatest moments came on 19 September 1948 in a game against Rosario Central, with Estudiantes already winning 2–0 Infante scored a goal with a right-footed rabona from 35 metres out.[1]

Infante left the club in 1953 after their relegation from the Primera División, he joined Club Atlético Huracán where he played until 1956. He then returned to Estudiantes for a second spell with the club.

In 1958 Infante was part of the Argentina squad that played in the 1958 FIFA World Cup.

In 1960 Estudiantes refused to renew his contract after he suffered a knee injury, prompting him to join fierce local rivals Gimnasia de La Plata. He retired later that year and went on to work as a youth coach in La Plata.

Infante currently occupies 6th place on the list of the Primera División Argentina all-time topscorers with 217 goals in 439 games.


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