Willington Ortiz - America de Cali 1983

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Willington Alfonso Ortiz Palacio (Tumaco, Narino, Colombia; March 26th of 1952) is an ex-soccer player Colombian, recognized Forward South American of the 70's and 80, considered together with Carlos Valderrama as the maximum exponent of colombian soccer throughout its history.

He was the driver and reference of the Colombia soccer team between 1972 and 1985, obtained the runner-up of the America's Cup 1975 and played the World Cup qualifying rounds Germany 1974, Argentina 1978, Spain 1982 and Mexico 1986. At club level he wore the jerseys of Millionaires, Deportivo Cali and America, achieving six titles of the First A Colombian and contesting the final of three editions of the Libertadores Cup of America.1

Nicknamed "old Willy", he stood out for his excellent dribbling, skill, speed and good handling of both profiles. He has been named the best Colombian footballer of the century2 and was considered one of the 20 best South American footballers of the 20th century by IFFHS at 2004.


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