* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 June 2006.
† Appearances (Goals).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 May 2006
Georgi Rangelov Asparuhov (Bulgarian: Георги Рангелов Аспарухов) (sometimes spelled Asparoukhov), nicknamed Gundi (4 May 1943 – 30 June 1971) was a Bulgarianfootball player. He is considered to be among the top Bulgarian footballers of all time. Normally a striker, Asparuhov was renowned for his finishing, technique and heading ability.
Asparuhov was a striker for Levski Sofia from 1960 to 1961 and 1964 to 1971, and for Botev Plovdiv from 1961 to 1963. He played 245 matches and scored 150 goals in the top Bulgarian division. Some of the top European clubs at the time sought his services. In the 1965–66 European Cup, Levski played Benfica (with Eusébio in the squad). When Benfica eliminated Levski after hard fought 3:2 and 2:2 scorelines and Gundi having netted 3 of all Levski goals (one of them Simo Nikolov), Europe began to view Gundi with interest. In fact, he was the first player to score two goals in Benfica's stadium. In the aftermath of this match, Levski grew in popularity in Europe. The rich Portuguese club wanted to buy Asparuhov, but the communist government of Bulgaria did not allow them to do so.
Asparuhov died in a car crash in 1971 with his talented teammate, Nikola Kotkov. At his funeral, over 550,000 people went to Sofia to pay tribute and their respect to him and to bid him farewell. The present stadium of Levski Sofia is called Georgi Asparuhov Stadium in honour of the famous striker.
His rejection of AC Milan is one of the most quoted phrases in Bulgaria: "Има една страна, България. Там има един отбор Левски, може да не сте чували за него. Но аз в него съм се родил, в него и ще умра!" (Translation: "There is a country called Bulgaria. And there's a Bulgarian team, called Levski. You may've not heard of it. But I'm born in this team, and in this team I will die!")