Photo of Martí Ventolrà

Ventolrà was excellent in the air and his goalscoring record was a good one | FCB ARCHIVE

He was a uniquely charismatic player, and became hugely popular among Barça fans due to the handkerchief he always wore on his head. An explosive player, he was amazingly fast and an expert dribbler. He was also good in the air and scored regularly.

He won two international caps for Spain, and his Barça career ended in unusual circumstances when he was on tour with the club in Mexico at the height of the Spanish Civil War (June-August 1937) and decided to stay in the country and sign for Atlanta. But his main reason for staying was sentimental, for in Mexico City he had met the niece of the President of the Republic, Lázaro Cárdenas, and they got engaged. He had a son, José, who went on to become an outstanding defender, and played for Mexico at the 1970 World Cup held in his country.


Seasons with the club: 1933-37
Matches played: 125
Goals scored: 73


2 Catalan Championships (1934/35 and 35/36)