10 football World Cup heroes

10 football World Cup heroes

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Ahead of Qatar 2022, here is a list of 10 biggest players to have played the World Cup.

10. Zinedine Zidane, France

Zidane won the 1998 World Cup for France at home, scoring twice in the final. He was named player of the tournament at the 2006 World Cup.

9. Jimmy Greaves

Greaves was part of the 1966 World Cup-winning squad, but was injured in the final. He scored six hat-tricks in an England shirt, a record that still stands.

8. Ferenc Puskas

He scored 702 goals from 705 career games and defected to Spain after the Soviet Army killed 2,500 of his countrymen.

7. Lothar Matthaus

Matthaus, Germany's most-capped player, played in five world cups and was named FIFA World Player of the Year. He held the record for most World Cup games played.

6. Miroslav Klose

Miroslav Klose was a prolific goal scorer for Germany, and a good guy. He refused to accept a penalty awarded to him during a club match, and scored in four world cups.

5. Ronaldo

Ronaldo reinvented the role of striker while playing for Brazil in 98 matches and scoring 62 goals.

4. Franz Beckenbauer

Franz Beckenbauer is one of only three men to lift the World Cup trophy both as a player and a manager.

3. Johan Cruyff

Cruyff was a creative playmaker and a unique understanding of the geometry of players' pitch positions. He scored 33 goals in 48 international matches.

2. Diego Maradona

Maradona's 60-metre dribble past five England players in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final led to the 'goal of the century'.

1. Pele

Brazil's Pele scored his first World Cup goal in 1958, ending Wales's World Cup dreams.

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