|Full name||Fernando Baptista de Seixas Peyroteo de Vasconcelos|
|Date of birth||10 March 1918|
|Place of birth||Humpata, Angola|
|Date of death||28 November 1978(aged 60)|
|Place of death||Lisbon, Portugal|
|1934–1936||Liceu Diogo Cão|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Fernando Baptista de Seixas Peyroteo de Vasconcelos (10 March 1918 – 28 November 1978) was a Portuguese footballer who played as a striker. He is still the world biggest goalscorer with best goal/game ratio ever.
He played his entire professional career with Sporting, scoring 540 goals all official games comprised, winning eleven major titles and being crowned his country's top division scorer on six occasions.
Born in Humpata, Huíla Province, Portuguese Angola, Peyroteo arrived at Sporting Clube de Portugal on 26 June 1937. He went on to be part of the club's attacking line that included Albano, Jesus Correia, José Travassos and Manuel Vasques and was dubbed the Cinco Violinos (Five Violins), scoring 57 goals in only 30 games in his first year to win both the Lisbon Championship and the Taça de Portugal, then named Portuguese Championship.
During his spell with the Lisbon side Peyroteo won five Primeira Liga trophies, five domestic cups and the first edition of the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira at the new Estádio Nacional, netting twice in the latter for an eventual 3–2 extra time win against S.L. Benfica. He scored nine times in a single game against Leça F.C. and eight against Boavista FC, and his goals-per-game ratio was arguably the best in the history of football, at 1.6 successful strikes per game.
Peyroteo contributed with 40 goals in the 1948–49 campaign as the Lions conquered their third league in a row. He retired shortly after at the age of 31, with the revenue from the testimonial match against Atlético Madrid being used to pay debts he had collected with a sportswear shop he had opened.
Peyroteo subsequently moved back to Angola, but returned eventually to Portugal to coach the national team: after his second game, a 2–4 loss at minnows Luxembourg for the 1962 FIFA World Cup qualifiers which brought young Eusébio his first cap, he was relieved of his duties, and quit football altogether. After a veterans match in Barcelona, he was forced to undergo surgery that brought complications later, leading to the amputation of one leg; he died in the Portuguese capital at the age of 60.
José Couceiro, a football player and later a manager, is Peyroteo's grandnephew. António César de Vasconcelos Correia, 1st Viscount and 1st Count of Torres Novas and the 93rd Governor of Portuguese India, was his great-uncle; Augusto de Vasconcelos was his second cousin once removed.
|Club||Season||Primeira Liga[a]||Taça de Portugal[b]||Lisbon Championship[c]||Other[d]||Total|
- Primeira Liga: 1940–41, 1943–44, 1946–47, 1947–48, 1948–49
- Taça de Portugal: 1937–38, 1940–41, 1944–45, 1945–46, 1947–48
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 1944
- "Peyroteo" (in Portuguese). Wiki Sporting. 24 March 2009. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
- "Variety the spice of Sporting life". FIFA.com. 24 March 2009. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
- "O dia em que os cinco violinos marcaram 12 golos" [The day the five violins scored 12 goals] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 16 February 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
- "Fernando Peyroteu" (in Portuguese). Centenário Sporting. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
- "Portugal – All-Time Topscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
- "Fernando Peyroteo". European Football. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
- "Fernando Batista Seixas Peyroteo de Vasconcelos" (in Portuguese). Geneall. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
- Fernando Peyroteo at footballzz.co.uk
- Fernando Peyroteo profile at ForaDeJogo
- Fernando Peyroteo at National-Football-Teams.com
- Fernando Peyroteo – FIFA competition record