* 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. He was voted the best Bulgarian footballer of the 20th Century, ahead of Hristo Stoichkov. Asparuhov was nominated for the 1965Ballon D'Or award, finishing eighth in the final standings. 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. The Portuguese club wanted to buy Asparuhov, but the communist government of Bulgaria did not allow them to do so.