BARCELONA: Estanislau Basora, outside right in Barcelona’s legendary early-1950s forward line of Basora, Cesar, Kubala, Moreno and Manchon, has died, aged 85.
Basora scored 153 goals in 373 matches for the Catalan club between 1946 and 1958, 113 of those in official competitions, and was a member of the side known as “the team of the five cups” that won the Spanish league, the Spanish cup, the Latin Cup (end-of-season precursor of the Champions League) , the Eva Duarte Cup and the Martini Rossi Cup in 1951-52.
He retired in 1958, eight years after scoring four goals for Spain at the 1950 World Cup in Brazil.
One of his most memorable performances came in June 1949 when his hat-trick in a friendly against France in the Stade de Colombes in Paris earned him the nickname ‘Monster of Colombes.’
A club statement described him as “one of the most iconic players in FC Barcelona history.”
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