Football World Cup 2014: Look back at the legends

Jun 09, 2014, 18:27 PM IST
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Pele: He won three FIFA World Cups; 1958, 1962 and 1970, the only player ever to do so, and is the all-time leading goalscorer for Brazil.

Pele: He won three FIFA World Cups; 1958, 1962 and 1970, the only player ever to do so, and is the all-time leading goalscorer for Brazil.

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Diego Maradona: Maradona played in four FIFA World Cups, including the 1986 World Cup where he captained Argentina and led them to victory over West Germany in the final, and won the Golden Ball award as the tournament's best player.

Diego Maradona: Maradona played in four FIFA World Cups, including the 1986 World Cup where he captained Argentina and led them to victory over West Germany in the final, and won the Golden Ball award as the tournament's best player.

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Ronaldo: Considered by many the most complete striker in the past thirty years. Ronaldo played for Brazil in 98 matches, scoring 62 goals, and is the second highest goalscorer for his national team. Won the Golden Ball in the 1998 WC and the Golden Boot in 2002. In 2006 WC, Ronaldo became the highes

Ronaldo: Considered by many the most complete striker in the past thirty years. Ronaldo played for Brazil in 98 matches, scoring 62 goals, and is the second highest goalscorer for his national team. Won the Golden Ball in the 1998 WC and the Golden Boot in 2002. In 2006 WC, Ronaldo became the highes

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Zinedine Zidane: Zidane won the 1998 FIFA World Cup, scoring twice in the final, and UEFA Euro 2000 where he was named Player of the tournament. The World Cup triumph made him a national hero in France, and he received the Légion d'honneur in 1998.

Zinedine Zidane: Zidane won the 1998 FIFA World Cup, scoring twice in the final, and UEFA Euro 2000 where he was named Player of the tournament. The World Cup triumph made him a national hero in France, and he received the Légion d'honneur in 1998.

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Paolo Maldini: Maldini was appointed Italy's full-time captain in 1994. Italy reached the final of Euro 2000, but lost to France in extra time. Immediately after Italy were eliminated in the 2002 World Cup round of 16, Maldini retired trophyless as Italy's most capped player.

Paolo Maldini: Maldini was appointed Italy's full-time captain in 1994. Italy reached the final of Euro 2000, but lost to France in extra time. Immediately after Italy were eliminated in the 2002 World Cup round of 16, Maldini retired trophyless as Italy's most capped player.

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Oliver Kahn: At the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Kahn became the first and only goalkeeper in the tournament's history to win the Golden Ball. He won two German Footballer of the Year trophies.

Oliver Kahn: At the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Kahn became the first and only goalkeeper in the tournament's history to win the Golden Ball. He won two German Footballer of the Year trophies.

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Lilian Thuram: After becoming world champion in 1998, Thuram was an integral part of France's triumph at Euro 2000, which led to the team being ranked by FIFA as number one from 2001–2002. He also played in the 2002 World Cup, 2006 World Cup, Euro 96, Euro 2004, and Euro 2008.

Lilian Thuram: After becoming world champion in 1998, Thuram was an integral part of France's triumph at Euro 2000, which led to the team being ranked by FIFA as number one from 2001–2002. He also played in the 2002 World Cup, 2006 World Cup, Euro 96, Euro 2004, and Euro 2008.

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Franz Beckenbauer: He is generally regarded as the greatest German footballer of all time and one of the greatest and most decorated footballers in the history of the game. Beckenbauer appeared 103 times for West Germany and played in three FIFA World Cups.

Franz Beckenbauer: He is generally regarded as the greatest German footballer of all time and one of the greatest and most decorated footballers in the history of the game. Beckenbauer appeared 103 times for West Germany and played in three FIFA World Cups.

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Bobby Charlton: Charlton was regarded as one of the greatest midfielders of all time, and an essential member of the England team who won the World Cup and also won the Ballon d'Or in 1966. He is the highest scorer for England with 49 goals.

Bobby Charlton: Charlton was regarded as one of the greatest midfielders of all time, and an essential member of the England team who won the World Cup and also won the Ballon d'Or in 1966. He is the highest scorer for England with 49 goals.

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Gerd Muller: Müller scored 68 goals in 62 games for West Germany. His international career started in 1966 and ended on 7 July 1974 with the win of the World Cup at his home stadium in Munich.

Gerd Muller: Müller scored 68 goals in 62 games for West Germany. His international career started in 1966 and ended on 7 July 1974 with the win of the World Cup at his home stadium in Munich.

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