3 Forwards who Dazzled the FIFA World Cup & Won it
The ultimate moment in Football always belongs to the goalscorer, and more often that not the onus is on a forward to deliver it. FIFA World Cup has saw the meteoric rise of many such forwards who were later claimed as the best of the bests. Today we look at three elite forwards who almost single-handedly won their team the World Cup.
3 Best Forwards in the FIFA World Cup who won Titles
A rather underrated player of the invincible Brazilian team who won three World Cups, Garrincha was simply unstoppable. Such was his dribbling skills that he helped Brazil life the 1962 trophy without much of a help. Garrincha in the quarter final against England scored two goals one with his head and another where he dribbled past a defender, stopped on his tracks and scored from a curved shot.
He was instrumental against Spain as well where he assisted Amarildo to down them 3-1 after trailing 0-1. In the semifinal against Chile he was unstoppable, where he opened the scoring with a header. Then he dribbled past defenders to score from 20-yards out to hand Brazil a 4-2 win. In the final against Czechoslovakia he played well despite having a high fever. It was his heroics that helped the Selecaos won their second consecutive title and this time without their talisman Pele.
Arguably the greatest footballer of all time, Maradona made the whole world weak in the knees. The diminutive Argentine made football look like a magic show where he seemed to cast spell on the defenders and breeze past them at will.
His crowning moment came in the 1986 World Cup, a time when Maradona was already a superstar. In the whole tournament Argentina had scored 14 goals, 10 of which Maradona had scored or assisted. Such was his ingeniousness that he dribbled 90 times during the tournament, thrice more than any other player and created three fourth of Argetina’s chances. The particular game against England marked his legacy. He scored the first with his hand and it was later dubbed as “Hand of God” and his second was a complete opposite. World Cup’s greatest goal of all time saw him dribble past five English players before leaving the goalkeeper for dead.
He scored two in the semifinals before setting up the third goal in the final where he was double marked. He still managed to wriggle past Matthaus and assisted Burruchaga to life the World Cup as a captain.
The thing about South American footballers is that they can make the ball talk. Another Brazilian maestro and perhaps one of the greatest players of all time, Pele was scintillating as a player. He made the World take notice of him at the tender age of 17..
His first World Cup saw him reach new heights as he scored six goals in the tournament including two in the final. He didn’t stop there as he went on to score in the next three World Cups with the 1970 one being his best. Despite ageing, Pele was instrumental and formed one of Brazil’s greatest teams ever to play a World Cup. He produced innumerable moments of magic where he lobbed, flicked, and scored from the outside of his boot. His blind pass that led to the fourth goal in the 1970 final is often considered to be the greatest team goal ever.
He was instrumental in two of Brazil’s World Cup success which makes him a cut above the rest.