Osvaldo Castro

Full name: Osvaldo Castro Pelayos

Nicknames: "Pata Bendita" "Osva"

Date of birth: 14 April 1947

Place of birth: Copiapó, Chile

Height: 1.81 m

Playing position: Forward


Osvaldo Castro Pelayos is a retired Chilean footballer.

He started his career at Unión La Calera in 1965, before joining Deportes Concepción. 

His powerful shot was the goalscoring chart presentation. He scored 65 goals in 109 matches becaming an idol for his purple supporters. In 1970 he won the Torneo Provincial scoring 36 goals, giving him the privilege of being until today the second artilleryman in the history of Chilean football.

After three great seasons he transferred to Mexican side Club America. Then Castro joined Club Jalisco for the 1975–76 season, scoring 91 goals in all league appearances in his four seasons with them. 

In 1979 Castro joined Deportivo Neza, before moving on to Atlético Potosino for 1981/82. He played his last Mexican seasons with Pumas de la UNAM, finishing with them in 1983/84.

He played for the Chile national football team on four occasions during the 1978 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

Years Team Apps Goals
1965-1968 Unión La Calera 95 71
1969-1971 Deportes Concepción 109 65
1972-1975 Club America 88 49
1975-1979 Club Jalisco 130 91
1979-1981 Deportivo Neza 85 44
1981-1982 Atlético Potosino 36 24
1983-1984 Pumas UNAM 53 9
National team      
1966-1977 Chile 28 7