Argentine football legend René Houseman died Thursday after a months-long fight against lung cancer. He was 64.
The Argentine Football Association (AFA) confirmed his death in a statement and praised Houseman for his skills and agility.
"Skillful, fast, unpredictable, he amazed fans and stood out for representing the most genuine part of Argentine soccer, the kind of soccer that is played in pastures and that is best-known for the dribble," AFA said.
Known as "Loco," Houseman played in the 1974 and 1978 World Cups.
Houseman made his professional debut for Defensores de Belgrano, where he won a lower division title in 1971. He later became a key player for the Huracán team that won Argentina's Metropolitan trophy in 1973.
But his heart was always with Excursionistas, where he was a youth player.
With Independiente, he won the Copa Libertadores and the Intercontinental Cup in 1984. He also played for River Plate and Chile's Colo Colo.