Evaristo de Macedo (Río de Janeiro, Brazil, 1933) was one of the best foreign signings Barça ever made, and was an outstanding goalscorer
Portrait of Evaristo
- Seasons with the club: 1957-62 - Matches played: 226 - Goals: 178 - Titles: 2 Fairs Cups (1955/58 and 58/60) 2 Leagues (1958/59 and 59/60) 1 Spanish Cup (1958/59)
He was brought to Barcelona by then technical secretary Josep Samitier, who felt he has discovered somebody exceptional. And he was not wrong, for the Brazilian managed to score no fewer than 0.8 goals a game.
A natural athlete, he was the typically silky skilled Brazilian with a deadly instinct in front of goal and a terrific shot with either foot, a powerful head and the kind of speed and courage that made him an ever-present in the Barça first team for five years, teaming up to perfection with Eulogio Martínez.
His most historic moment was the goal he scored with the sole of his foot on November 23, 1960, to knock Real Madrid out of the European Cup for the very first time. Paradoxically, in 1962 he left FC Barcelona after refusing to be nationalised as a Spaniard and joined Real Madrid.