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Widely heralded as one of the greatest defenders in Argentine history, Roberto Perfumo was also a beloved commentator and analyst for ESPN Latin America.

Having falling down the steps of a restaurant in Puerto Madero and sustaining “serious skull injury” yesterday, he was rushed to the hospital and passed away at 7 PM.

This weekend, a minute of silence will be held at football games across the country as an homage to the former River Plate and Racing Club center back, who made 37 appearances for La Selección between 1964 and 1974, captaining the side in his second World Cup.

Perfumo was born on October 3rd, 1942. During his career, Perfumo won seven league titles, the Copa Libertadores and the Intercontinetal Cup. “El Mariscal” as he was known, went on to become a coach as well as Argentina’s Sports Secretary from 2003 to 2004 before becoming a highly respected commentator and columnist.

Aside from football, his other passions included tango. Perfumo chose to play the tango Mala Suerte, Bad Luck,” in his final radio appearance before the accident.