A prolific goalscorer, Carlos Bianchi registered a Mulleresque 300 goals in 385 club appearances between 1967 and 1980.
Having achieved notable success with the purchase of another Argentine striker two years earlier, Stade de Reims were understandably keen to shop South America again when seeking a replacement for Monaco bound Delio Onnis in 1973. Velez Sarsfield forward Carlos Bianchi was scoring goals for fun in his homeland and was identified as the man for the job. While Onnis had become a star at Reims, Bianchi would outshine his predecessor, surpassing him as France’s top scorer in four of the next five seasons.
Bianchi’s decision to accept a move to Paris St Germain in 1977 was good in as far as he continued to score regularly (64 in 74 games for PSG), but ultimately cost him a shot at the World Cup in 1978. With PSG unwilling to release their star striker for extended training camps across the Atlantic, and the AFA’s equal reluctance to select players based abroad, Bianchi didn’t make Cesar Menotti’s legendary squad.
While he remains an iconic player in France, it is as a coach that Bianchi will perhaps be best remembered. Four Copa Libertadores victories (one with Velez, three with Boca) between 1994 and 2003 remains an unmatched record.
Carlos is 63 today, here's a nice tribute:
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