Fernando Baptista de Seixas de Vasconcelos Peyroteo (b. 1918, March 10).
Peyroteo is the greatest portuguese goalscorer of all time. With the Sporting shirt Peyroteo scored 635 goals in only 393 matches, making an unbelievable average of 1,62 goals for game.
In the Summer of 1937, with 19 years old, he arrived to Lisbon, but he didn't sign a contract right away - he only gave his word he would play for the Lions, without even discussing money. In that Summer, another portuguese club, FC Porto, offered him better conditions, and more money fr him to play for this team. Peyroteo rejected, saying that h had aready signed for Sporting, which wasn't true, but he would kept his word as an honorable man like him does.
In his debut as a Sporting player, he scored twice, helping Sporting with to Benfica by 5-3.
He became known as the "Stradivarious" in the mythica l"5 Violinos" (5 Violins) - how it was called the 5 men of Sporting's attack, because as many that saw them described, "Seeing them playing was like listening to the most beautiful music". Among Peyroteo, there was Albano, António Jesus Correia, José Travassos and Vasques.
In the following picture, Peyroteo sits in the middle of the 5 Violinos.
Among many matches were he was the hero, as his statistics show, I'll record one of them. In April 24th, 1948, Peyroteo had sleep badly, with a fever. But in this day, the most important game of the season would be played, at Estádio da Luz - home to the eternal rivals Benfica. This game Sporting needed to win for a difference of 3 goals, to get with the same points as Benfica in the leadership of the league, but would then have the advantage in direct confront. The legendary Lion, Peyroteo, scored 4 goals, in a game that would end in a 4-1 for the Lions.
In his 12 years, as Sporting player, Peyroteo won 1 Campeonato de Portugal, 5 Primeira Liga, 4 Taças de Portugal, 7 Campeonatos de Lisboa and the Taça Império
Peyroteo was for 6 times the biggest scorer of Primeira Liga, establishing a record of 43 goals in 26 games as his best in one season. This record would only be broken, by another Sporting's legend - Yazalde - in 1974 with 46 goals in 29 games. In the next picture is the day Peyroteo gave Yazalde the "Golden Boot" for his season in 1974.
The Lion's Hero also scored 9 goals in one match one. 8 goals in one match one. 6 goals in one match, three times. And 5 goals in one match, 12 times.
He also played for Portugal's National team 20 times, in which he scored 15 times. Peyroteo wasn't a lucky man when it comes to the National team, during his glory days the Second World War would make impractible to be disputed any great international tournament.
Among his many records that Peyroteo still holds today, are included the follow:
- Portuguese player with more goals in Primeira Liga: 331 goals.
- The portuguese player with more goals in one game in an portuguese competition: 9 goals agains Leça, in February 22, 1942, in a game Sporting won 14-0.
- Portuguese player with more consecutive goals in a portuguese competition game: 5, against Vitória SC.
- Portuguese player with the best average of goals for the National Team of Portugal.
- Player with more goals against Benfica: 64 goals in 55 matches (1,2 goals per game, in average).
- Player with more goals against Porto: 33 goals in 32 matches (1,02 goals per game, in average).
Peyroteo was an honorable man, outside and inside the field. But sometimes, even the cleanest of players gets enough. In a game against Benfica, the Eagles defender Gaspar Pinto, a player that could never stop the legendary Peyroteo, insulted his mother. Peyroteo threw him a punch. With his mother name, Peyroteo wouldn't let anyone play.
In 1949, one of the saddest moments in Sporting's history had arrived. Peyroteo would retire. With only 31 years - the greatest of the greatest - stopped playing football, and made his farewell ceremony in Sporting's stadium.
His last game was in 25 of September of the same year, in a win against Atlético Madrid by 2-1.
The next picture shows Peyroteo doing what he knew best ... a goal.
In 1961/1962, Peyroteo would become the Portugal's National Team manager. But he would only be there for 2 games. The second game, a loss against Luxembourg by 4-2, in a game he launched the Eagles legend, Eusébio, with the Portuguese shirt for the first time, proved to be fatal for his manager carreer. The protest coming from Benfica fans were too loud, and Peyroteo was invited to leave his place. Finishing in this way forever his participation in any football-linked carreer.
In a veterans game, in Barcelona, Peyroteo suffered an injury and had to receive surgery. Unfortunately, it didn't go well, and some time later his leg hd to be amputated.
He died in 28 of November 1978, with only 60 years-old.
Although a short time on Earth, Peyroteo is imortalized among the millions of Sporting fans around the World. His name, and his accomplishments will always be remembered among those who love the club.
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