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11. Garrincha

Following an injury to Pele against Czechoslovakia in the 1962 World Cup second round, Brazil’s hopes seemed all but gone. Fifteen days later, they retained their title and Garrincha had been awarded the Golden Ball for best player, the Golden Boot for top goalscorer and was named in the team of the tournament.

If Pele was the best player Brazil ever produced, Garrincha – born with a bent spine and his left leg 6cm longer than his right – was his countrymen’s favourite.  Named Alegria do Povo (the Joy of the People), his life was cut short at the age of 49 following a long struggle with alcoholism – but he will never be forgotten.

Career highlight: He won World Cups in 1958 and 1962 but it was at the latter tournament in Chile where he played his best football and was at his most influential.

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