Rinaldo Martino

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Rinaldo Martino
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Personal information
Full name Rinaldo Fioramonte Martino
Date of birth (1921-11-06)6 November 1921
Place of birth Rosario, Argentina
Date of death 15 November 2000(2000-11-15) (aged 79)
Place of death Buenos Aires, Argentina
Playing position Second Striker
Youth career
Belgrano de Rosario
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1941–1948 San Lorenzo 223 (142)
1949–1950 Juventus 33 (18)
1950 Nacional
1951 Boca Juniors 15 (3)
1951–1953 Nacional
1953 C.A. Cerro
National team
1942–1948 Argentina 20 (15)
1949 Italy 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Rinaldo Fioramonte Martino (6 November 1921 – 15 November 2000) was an Italian Argentine forward who played for both the Argentine and the Italian national football teams.[1] Usually a forward, Martino was a player known for his lethal combination of goal scoring ability, playmaking skills and technique.

Club career[edit]

Martino was signed by San Lorenzo de Almagro in 1941 at the age of 19 from Belgrano de Rosario. He made his debut in 1941 against Newell's Old Boys[2] and in 1942 he became the top scorer in the Argentine Primera netting 25 goals in 30 games. In 1946 the team won the Primera División championship.

Rinaldo Martino at Juventus

In 1949 Martino moved to Italy joining Juventus and helping them to record their first championship since the 1930s. During his time in Italy he made one appearance for the Italy national team.

Martino then moved to Uruguay to play for Nacional helping them to win the Uruguayan Championship. In 1951 Martino returned to Argentina to play for Boca Juniors but he was sold back to Nacional in 1952 for 300,000 pesos. He played there until 1953, helping the team to win another Uruguayan league title and several other minor titles. In 1953 he joined C.A. Cerro who were his last club.

Club titles[edit]

Season Team Title
1946 Argentina San Lorenzo Primera División Argentina
1949–50 Italy Juventus Serie A
1950 Uruguay Nacional Uruguayan Championship
1952 Uruguay Nacional Uruguayan Championship

International career[edit]

Martino in the Argentina team in 1945.

Martino played for Argentina in the 1940s, he made his debut in 1942 in a 4–1 win over Uruguay. He was part of the Argentina squads that won the Copa América in 1945[3] and 1946.[4] During his time in Italy he also made a single appearance for the Italy national team.

International titles[edit]

Season Team Title
1945 Argentina Argentina Copa América
1946 Argentina Argentina Copa América

After retirement[edit]

In 1964 he served as the president of the Argentine ex-footballers mutual society.

Martino's love of Argentine Tango led him to establish a Casa Porteño called Caño 14 in the 1960s which featured traditional tango music for 18 years. He died in Buenos Aires in 2000 at the age of 79.

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