The greatest Brazilian never to win a World Cup. “The one player that came closest to me in playing style was Zico,” enthused Pele. Zico was the heartbeat of one of history’s most entertaining teams when he captained his country at Spain 82.
He scored 333 goals at the famous Maracana stadium alone and guided Flamengo to three league titles, one Copa Libertadores and an Intercontinental Cup in 1981. He was named man of the match following a sensational individual performance helping Flamengo to annihilate Liverpool 3-0 in Tokyo.
Career highlight: Zico is regarded as the first Brazilian ace to have moved to European football when he signed for Udinese in 1983 despite offers from Roma and Milan.