Who was Alberto Spencer and what did he contribute to Ecuador and football?
Alberto Spencer (1937-2006) was the most revered football/soccer player in Ecuador and one of the most respected in all of South America. While getting his start during the late 1950s playing for Ecuador’s Everest team, he spent the bulk of his career through the 1960s, playing for Uruguay’s Penarol organization, where he became the most prolific scorer of his time. Born of Jamaican parents of English ancestry, the British tried to recruit him to play for them, but he remained with the South American football club. He was known for being a particularly gifted athlete, able to kick accurately with either leg, while displaying superior speed and acumen. He retired from professional football in 1973 and lived out his years mainly in Uruguay, although also serving as Ecuador’s consul in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo. He did in 2006 following a heart attack.