Spain's greatest goalscorer ever dies

24th February 2006, Comments 0 comments

24 February 2006, BILBAO — Former Athletic Club Bilbao striker Telmo Zarraonandia, who was one of Spain's all-time footballing legends, has died. He was 85.

24 February 2006

BILBAO — Former Athletic Club Bilbao striker Telmo Zarraonandia, who was one of Spain's all-time footballing legends, has died. He was 85.

Zarra, who was part of one of the greatest set of forwards ever fielded by Athletic Club Bilbao - including Iriondo, Venancio, Panizo and Gainza - played 15 seasons for the squad and took the pitch for the national team in 20 foreign matches in which he scored 20 goals.

He died at his home in Bilbao of a heart attack. The ambulance crew dispatched to the site were unable to revive him.

During his 1940-55 career with Athletic Club Bilbao, Zarra  played in 353 matches, scoring 334 goals, just short of a goal per game, on average.

He beat his own impressive average, however, in his career with the Spanish national team, where he scored precisely one goal per game.

Zarra holds the record for being the top goal-scorer in the Spanish soccer league, an achievement he realized six times.

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Subject: Spanish news

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