Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy is a journalist with 28 years’ experience covering crime, entertainment, and sports. He joined the staff at SportsMax.TV as a content editor two years ago and is enjoying the experience of developing sports content and new ideas. At SportsMax.tv he is pursuing his true passion - sports.

Ramnaresh Sarwan has vehemently denied having anything to do with the Jamaica Tallawahs’ decision not to retain for the upcoming 2020 Hero CPL and that he encouraged the Tallawahs’ overseas players to disrespect him.

George Manneh Oppong Weah played as a striker in his prolific 18-year professional playing career that ended in 2003.

After beginning his career in his home country of Liberia, Weah spent 14 years playing for clubs in France, Italy, and England.

Arsène Wenger first brought him to Europe, signing him for Monaco in 1988. Weah moved to Paris Saint-Germain in 1992 where he won Ligue 1 in 1994 and became the top scorer of the 1994–95 UEFA Champions League.

He signed for A.C. Milan in 1995 where he spent four successful seasons, winning Serie A twice.

His most notable goal in Italy saw him run the length of the field against Verona. He moved to the Premier League towards the end of his career and had spells at Chelsea and Manchester City, winning the FA Cup at the former, before returning to France to play for Marseille in 2001, and subsequently ending his career with Al-Jazira in 2003.

FourFourTwo named Weah one of the best players never to win the UEFA Champions League.

At the international level, Weah represented Liberia at the African Cup of Nations on two occasions, winning 53 caps and scoring 13 goals for his country.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest African players of all time, in 1995, he was named FIFA World Player of the Year and won the Ballon d'Or, becoming the first and to date only African player to win these awards.

 In 1989, 1994 and 1995, he was also named the African Footballer of the Year, and in 1996, he was named African Player of the Century.

Known for his acceleration, speed, and dribbling ability, in addition to his goalscoring and finishing, Weah was described by FIFA as "the precursor of the multi-functional strikers of today".

 

Playing Career

Full Name: George Manneh Oppong Weah

Date of birth: 1 October 1966 (age 53)

Height: 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)

Position: Striker

 

Club Career

Years                   Team                            Apps     (Gls)

1985–1986           Bong Range United                2       (1)

1985–1986          Mighty Barrolle                     10       (7)

1986–1987          Invincible Eleven                   23      (24)

1987                    Africa Sports                       2       (1)

1987–1988          Tonnerre Yaoundé               18      (14)

1988–1992          Monaco                              103    (47)

1992–1995          Paris Saint-Germain              96     (32)

1995–2000          A.C. Milan                           114    (46)

2000 →                Chelsea (loan)                    11       (3)

2000                    Manchester City                   7        (1)

2000–2001          Marseille                              19      (5)

2001–2003          Al Jazira                                8       (13)

Total                                                         413    (194)

 

Club Honours

  • Mighty Barrolle - Liberian Premier League: 1985–86; Liberian Cup: 1985–86; Invincible Eleven; Liberian Premier League: 1986–87
  • Monaco - Coupe de France: 1991
  • Paris Saint-Germain - Ligue 1: 1993–94; Coupe de France: 1992–93, 1994–95; Coupe de la Ligue: 1995
  • C. Milan - Serie A: 1995–96, 1998–99
  • Chelsea - FA Cup: 1999–2000

 

International Career

  • 1987-2018 Liberia 53 (13)

 

International Honours

  • CSSA Nations Cup runner-up: 1987

 

Individual Honours

  • African Footballer of the Year: 1989, 1994, 1995
  • FIFA XI: 1991, 1996 (Reserve), 1997, 1998
  • French Division 1 Foreign Player of the Year: 1990–91
  • UEFA Champions League Top Scorer: 1994–95
  • BBC African Footballer of the Year: 1995
  • Onze d'Or: 1995
  • Ballon d'Or: 1995
  • FIFA World Player of the Year: 1995
  • ESM Team of the Year: 1995–96
  • Onze d'Argent: 1996
  • FIFA Fair Play Award: 1996
  • FIFA World Player of the Year – Silver award: 1996
  • IFFHS African Player of the Century: 1996
  • World Soccer's 100 Greatest Footballers of All Time: 1999
  • FIFA 100: 2004
  • Arthur Ashe Courage Award 2004
  • Golden Foot Legends Award: 2005
  • C. Milan Hall of Fame
  • IFFHS Legends
  • Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Cuttington University: 29 June 2018.

Marcel ‘Marco’ van Basten played for Ajax and A.C. Milan, as well as the Netherlands national team as a striker. He is regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport, having scored 300 goals in a high-profile career.

However, he played his last match in 1993 at age 28 due to an injury which forced his retirement two years later.

Playing for the Netherlands, van Basten won UEFA Euro 1988 where he was named player of the tournament, scoring five goals that included a memorable volley in the final against the Soviet Union.

At club level, he won three Eredivisie titles and the Cup Winners' Cup with Ajax, and three Serie A titles and two European Cups with Milan.

Known for his close ball control, attacking intelligence, impeccable headers, and spectacular strikes and volleys, van Basten was named FIFA World Player of the Year in 1992 and won the Ballon d'Or three times, in 1988, 1989 and 1992.

 

Playing Career

Full name: Marcel van Basten (Marco van Basten)

Date of birth: 31 October 1964 (age 55)

Place of birth: Utrecht, Netherlands

Height: 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)

Playing position: Striker

 

Club Career

Years                    Team   Apps   (Gls)

1981–1987          Ajax          133     (128)

1987–1995          Milan         147     (90)

Total                                  280    (218)

 

Club Honours

  • Ajax - Eredivisie: 1981–82, 1982–83, 1984–85; KNVB Cup: 1982–83, 1985–86, 1986–87; UEFA Cup Winners Cup: 1986–87
  • Milan - Serie A: 1987–88, 1991–92, 1992–93; Supercoppa Italiana: 1988, 1992; European Cup/UEFA Champions League: 1988–89, 1989–90; European Supercup: 1989; Intercontinental Cup: 1989, 1990

 

International Career

  • 1983-1992 Netherlands 58 (24)

 

International Honours

  • UEFA European Championship: 1988

 

Individual Honours

  • Ballon d'Or: 1988, 1989, 1992
  • FIFA World Player of the Year: 1992
  • UEFA Best Player of the Year: 1989, 1990, 1992
  • European Cup Top Scorer: 1988–89
  • Serie A Golden Boot: 1989–90, 1991–92
  • Eredivisie Top Scorer: 1983–84, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87
  • European Silver Boot: 1983–84
  • Dutch Footballer of the Year: 1984–85
  • European Golden Boot: 1985–86
  • World Golden Boot: 1985–86
  • Bravo Award: 1987
  • Onze d'Argent: 1987, 1992
  • Onze d'Or: 1988, 1989
  • IFFHS World’s Best Player: 1988, 1989
  • World Soccer Player of the Year: 1988, 1992
  • UEFA Euro 1988: Top Scorer and Best Player with 5 goals
  • UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament: 1988, 1992
  • FIFA 100 (List of the greatest living footballers picked by Pelé): 2004
  • UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll: #4
  • Italian Football Hall of Fame: 2012
  • UEFA Euro All-time XI (published 2016)
  • C. Milan Hall of Fame
  • IFFHS Legends

Gerhard "Gerd" Müller was a prolific striker renowned for his clinical finishing, especially in and around the six-yard box, he is regarded as one of the greatest players and goalscorers of all time.

At the international level with West Germany, he scored 68 goals in 62 appearances, and at club level, after 15 years with Bayern Munich, he scored a record 365 goals in 427 Bundesliga games and an international record 66 goals in 74 European club games.

Averaging more than a goal a game with West Germany, Müller is now 17th on the list of all-time international goal scorers, despite playing fewer matches than every other player in the top 25. Among the top scorers, he has the third-highest goal-to-game ratio.

Nicknamed "Bomber der Nation" ("the nation's Bomber") or simply "Der Bomber", Müller was named European Footballer of the Year in 1970.

After a successful season at Bayern Munich, he scored 10 goals at the 1970 FIFA World Cup for West Germany where he received the Golden Boot as a top goal scorer.

He scored four goals in the 1974 World Cup, including the winning goal in the final.

Müller held the all-time goal-scoring record in the World Cup with 14 goals for 32 years.

Playing Career

Full name: Gerhard Müller

Date of birth: 3 November 1945 (age 74)

Place of birth: Nördlingen, Germany

Height: 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]

Playing position: Striker

 

Club Career

Years                    Team                             Apps         (Gls)

1963–1964           1861 Nördlingen                      31         (51)

1964–1979           Bayern Munich                       453         (398)

1979–1981           Fort Lauderdale Strikers           71         (38)

Total                                                              555         (487)

Club Honours

  • Bayern Munich - Regionalliga Süd: 1964–65; Bundesliga: 1968–69, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1973–74; DFB-Pokal: 1965–66, 1966–67, 1968–69, 1970–71; European Cup: 1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76; European Cup Winners' Cup: 1966–67; Intercontinental Cup: 1976

International Career

  • 1966-1974 West Germany 62 (68)

International Honours

  • FIFA World Cup: 1974
  • UEFA European Championship: 1972

Individual Honours

  • Ballon d'Or: 1970
  • German Footballer of the Year: 1967, 1969
  • Voted best Player 40 Years Bundesliga 1963–2003
  • kicker Bundesliga Team of the Season: 1968–69, 1969–70, 1971–72, 1972–73
  • Bundesliga Top Scorer: 1967, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1978
  • European Golden Shoe: 1970, 1972
  • FIFA World Cup Golden Boot: 1970
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1970
  • UEFA European Championship Top Scorer: 1972
  • UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament: 1972
  • European Cup Top Scorer: 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977
  • FIFA Order of Merit: 1998
  • FIFA 100: 2004
  • Golden Foot: 2007, as football legend
  • Bravo Otto: Gold award: 1973, 1974; Silver award: 1975; Bronze award: 1972, 1976
  • IFFHS Legends
  • Bayern Munich All-time XI

In his prime, Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima was known for his dribbling at speed, feints, and clinical finishing. In the 1990s, he starred at club level for Cruzeiro, PSV, Barcelona, and Inter Milan.

His moves to Spain and Italy made him only the second player, after Diego Maradona, to break the world transfer record twice, all before his 21st birthday.

By 23, he had scored over 200 goals for club and country. After almost three years of inactivity due to serious knee injuries and recuperation, Ronaldo joined Real Madrid in 2002, which was followed by spells at A.C. Milan and Corinthians.

Ronaldo won the FIFA World Player of the Year in 1996, 1997 and 2002, the Ballon d'Or in 1997 and 2002, and the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year in 1998.

He was La Liga Best Foreign Player in 1997 when he also won the European Golden Boot after scoring 34 goals in La Liga, and he was named Serie A Footballer of the Year in 1998.

One of the most marketable sportsmen in the world, the first Nike Mercurial boots–R9–were commissioned for Ronaldo in 1998. He was named in the FIFA 100 list of the greatest living players compiled in 2004 by Pelé and was inducted into the Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame and the Italian Football Hall of Fame.

Ronaldo played for Brazil in 98 matches, scoring 62 goals, and is the second-highest goalscorer for his national team, trailing only Pelé.

At age 17, Ronaldo was the youngest member of the Brazilian squad that won the 1994 FIFA World Cup. At the 1998 FIFA World Cup, he received the Golden Ball for the player of the tournament, helping Brazil reach the final where he suffered a convulsive fit hours before the defeat to France.

He won a second World Cup in 2002 where he starred in a front three with Rivaldo and Ronaldinho. Ronaldo scored twice in the final and received the Golden Boot as the tournament's top goalscorer.

At the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Ronaldo scored his 15th World Cup goal, which was a World Cup record at the time. He also won the Copa América in 1997, where he was player of the tournament, and 1999, where he was the top goal scorer.

 

Playing Career

Full name: Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima

Date of birth: 18 September 1976 (age 43)

Place of birth: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Height: 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)

Playing position: Striker

 

Club Career

 

Years                    Team           Apps   (Gls)

1993–1994          Cruzeiro         14     (12)

1994–1996          PSV                 46     (42)

1996–1997          Barcelona         37     (34)

1997–2002          Inter Milan  68     (49)          

2002–2007          Real Madrid         127         (83)       

2007–2008          Milan           20     (9)

2009–2011          Corinthians         31     (18)

Total                                       343    (247)

 

Honours

  • Cruzeiro - Campeonato Mineiro: 1994; Copa do Brasil: 1993; PSV Eindhoven; KNVB Cup: 1995–96; Johan Cruyff Shield: 1996
  • Barcelona - Copa del Rey: 1996–97; UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1996–97; Supercopa de España: 1996
  • Inter Milan - UEFA Cup: 1997–98
  • Real Madrid - La Liga: 2002–03; Intercontinental Cup: 2002; Supercopa de España: 2003 
  • Corinthians - Campeonato Paulista: 2009; Copa do Brasil: 2009

International Career

  • 1994-2011 Brazil 98 (62)

 

Honours

  • FIFA World Cup: 1994, 2002; runner-up: 1998
  • Copa América: 1997, 1999; runner-up: 1995
  • FIFA Confederations Cup: 1997
  • Summer Olympic Games bronze medal: 1996

 

Individual Honours

  • Supercopa Libertadores top scorer: 1993–94
  • Supercopa Libertadores Team of The Year: 1993-94
  • Campeonato Mineiro top scorer: 1993–94
  • Campeonato Mineiro Team of The Year: 1994
  • Eredivisie top scorer: 1994–95
  • FIFA World Player of the Year (3): 1996, 1997, 2002
  • Trofeo EFE La Liga Ibero-American Player of the Year: 1996–97, 2002–03
  • Pichichi Trophy: 1996–97, 2003–04
  • European Golden Shoe: 1996–97
  • World Soccer magazine World Player of the Year (3): 1996, 1997, 2002
  • Don Balón Award La Liga Foreign Player of the Year: 1996–97
  • Copa América Final Most Valuable Player: 1997
  • Copa América Most Valuable Player: 1997
  • FIFA Confederations Cup Bronze Boot: 1997
  • FIFA Confederations Cup All-Star Team: 1997
  • UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Final Most Valuable Player: 1997
  • Copa América All-Star Team: 1997, 1999
  • IFFHS World's Top Goal Scorer of the Year: 1997
  • Bravo Award: 1997, 1998
  • Onze d'Or: 1997, 2002
  • Ballon d'Or: 1997, 2002
  • UNICEF European Footballer of the Season: 1996–97
  • European Sports Media ESM Team of the Year: 1996–97, 1997–98
  • FIFA XI: 1997, 1998
  • Serie A Footballer of the Year: 1998
  • Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year: 1998
  • UEFA Cup Final Most Valuable Player: 1998
  • UEFA Club Footballer of the Year: 1997–98
  • UEFA Club Best Forward: 1997–98
  • FIFA World Cup Golden Ball: 1998
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1998, 2002
  • FIFA World Cup top assist provider: 1998
  • Inter Milan Player Of The Year: 1998
  • FIFA World Cup Golden Shoe: 2002
  • FIFA World Cup Silver Ball: 2002
  • FIFA World Cup Final Most Valuable Player: 2002
  • Intercontinental Cup Most Valuable Player: 2002
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2002
  • BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year: 2002
  • Laureus World Sports Awards Comeback of the Year: 2003
  • FIFA 100 (2004)
  • FIFA World Cup Bronze Boot: 2006
  • Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame: 2006
  • Golden Foot award: 2006
  • France Football magazine's all-time starting XI: 2007
  • Association of Football Statisticians (AFS) Top-100 Players of All Time: 2007. #2
  • Sports Illustrated Team of the Decade: 2009
  • Real Madrid Hall of Fame
  • Marca Leyenda: 2011[289]
  • L'Équipe's top 50 South-American footballers in history: #5
  • Italian Football Hall of Fame: 2015
  • International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) Legends
  • Inter Milan Hall of Fame: 2018
  • Globe Soccer Awards Player Career Award: 2018

Romário de Souza Faria, Romário, is a prolific striker renowned for his clinical finishing; he is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.

Romário starred for Brazil in their 1994 FIFA World Cup success, receiving the FIFA Golden Ball as the player of the tournament.

He was named FIFA World Player of the Year the same year. He came fifth in the FIFA Player of the Century Internet poll in 1999, was elected to the FIFA World Cup Dream Team in 2002, and was named in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players in 2004.

At club level, after developing his early career in Brazil, Romário moved to PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands in 1988.

During his five seasons at PSV, the club became Eredivisie champions three times, and he scored a total of 165 goals in 167 games.

In 1993, he moved to FC Barcelona and became part of Johan Cruyff's "Dream Team", forming an exceptional strike partnership with Hristo Stoichkov.

He won La Liga in his first season and finished top goalscorer with 30 goals in 33 matches. During the second half of his career, Romário played for clubs within the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. He won the Brazilian league title with CR Vasco da Gama in 2000 and was a three-time top scorer in the league.

At the end of his career, he also played briefly in Qatar, the United States and Australia.

Considered a master of the confined space of the penalty area, his rapid speed over short distances (aided by his low centre of gravity) took him away from defenders, and he was renowned for his trademark toe-poke finish.

With 55 goals in 70 appearances, Romário is the fourth-highest goalscorer for the Brazil national team, behind Pelé, Ronaldo and Neymar. He is second on the all-time list of Brazilian league's top scorers with 154 goals. He is the second-most prolific goal scorer in the history of football.

Playing Career

Full Name: Romário de Souza Faria (Romário)

Date of Birth: 29 January 1966 (age 54)

Place of Birth: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Height:  1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)

Position: Forward

Club Career 

           Years              Team                                        Apps            (Gls)

  • 1985–1988    Vasco da Gama                                  47             (17)
  • 1988–1993    PSV Eindhoven                                  109            (98)
  • 1993–1995    Barcelona                                           46            (34)
  • 1995–1996    Flamengo                                           19            (8)
  • 1996–1997    Valencia                                             11            (5)
  • 1997             Flamengo (loan)                                   4            (3)
  • 1998–1999    Flamengo                                           39            (26)
  • 2000–2002    Vasco da Gama                                   46            (41)
  • 2002–2004    Fluminense                                         60            (34)
  • 2003             Al Sadd (loan)                                      3         
  • 2005–2006    Vasco da Gama                                   31            (22)
  • 2006             Miami FC                                            25            (19)
  • 2006             Adelaide United (loan)                           4            (1)
  • 2007             Vasco da Gama                                     5            (3)
  • 2009             America Football Club             
  • Total                                                                      448      (309)

Club Honours

  • Vasco da Gama - Campeonato Carioca: 1987, 1988; Campeonato Brasileiro Série A: 2000; Copa Mercosur: 2000
  • PSV Eindhoven - Eredivisie: 1988–89, 1990–91, 1991–92; KNVB Cup: 1988–89, 1989–90; Dutch Super Cup: 1992
  • Barcelona - La Liga: 1993–94
  • Flamengo - Campeonato Carioca: 1996, 1999; Copa Mercosur: 1999
  • Al-Sadd - Qatar Crown Prince Cup: 2003
  • América-RJ - Campeonato Carioca Second Division: 2009

 

International career

  • 1985-2005 Brazil 70 (55) 

 International Honours

  • Australia Bicentenary Gold Cup: 1988
  • Copa América: 1989, 1997
  • FIFA World Cup: 1994
  • FIFA Confederations Cup: 1997

Individual Honours

  • U-20 South American Championship's top scorer: 1985
  • Campeonato Carioca's top scorer: 1986, 1987, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
  • Vasco da Gama Player of the Year: 1987, 1988, 2000, 2001
  • 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics top scorer
  • Dutch League's top scorer: 1988–89, 1989–90, 1990–91
  • Dutch Cup's top scorer: 1988–89, 1989–90
  • Dutch Footballer of the Year: 1989
  • UEFA Champions League top scorer: 1989–90, 1992–93
  • Onze de Bronze: 1993
  • FIFA World Player of the Year Silver Award: 1993
  • Pichichi Trophy: 1993–94
  • Trofeo EFE Best Ibero-American Soccer Player of the Spanish League: 1993–94
  • FIFA World Cup Golden Ball: 1994
  • FIFA World Cup Bronze Boot: 1994
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1994
  • Onze d'Or: 1994
  • FIFA World Player of the Year: 1994
  • L'Équipe Champion of Champions Sportsman of the year : 1994
  • South American Team of the Year: 1995, 2000, 2001
  • FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Shoe: 1997
  • FIFA Confederations Cup Silver Ball: 1997
  • Rio-São Paulo Tournament's top scorer: 1997, 2000
  • CONCACAF Gold Cup All Star Team: 1998
  • Brazilian Cup's top scorer: 1998, 1999
  • Copa Mercosur's top scorer: 1999, 2000
  • Placar Golden Boot: 1999, 2000, 2002
  • Brazilian league's top scorer: 2000, 2001, 2005
  • FIFA Club World Cup Bronze Ball: 2000
  • Bola de Ouro: 2000
  • Bola de Prata: 2000, 2001, 2005
  • South American Footballer of the Year: 2000
  • CBF Golden Boot: 2001, 2005
  • FIFA World Cup Dream Team: 2002
  • FIFA 100: 2004
  • Rei do Gol Trophy: 2005
  • USL 1st's MVP: 2006
  • USL 1st's top scorer: 2006
  • Prêmio Craque do Brasileirão – Special Honor: 2007
  • Golden Foot Legends Award: 2007
  • Marca World Cups All-Time Team: 2014
  • International Football Hall of Fame – Pachuca, México
  • Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame
  • Ballon d'Or: 1994 – Le nouveau palmarès (the new winners)

Argentina’s Alfredo Stéfano Di Stéfano Laulhé is regarded as one of the best footballers of all time and is best known for his achievements with Real Madrid, where he was instrumental in the club's domination of the European Cup and La Liga during the 1950s.

Along with Francisco Gento and José María Zárraga, he was one of only three players to play a part in all five victories, scoring goals in each of the five finals.

Di Stéfano played international football mostly for Spain after moving to Madrid, but he also played for Argentina and Colombia.

He was a powerful, quick, skilful, and prolific forward, with great stamina, tactical versatility, creativity, and vision, who could play almost anywhere on the pitch.

He is currently the sixth-highest scorer in the history of Spain's top division, and Real Madrid's third-highest league goalscorer of all time, with 216 goals in 282 league matches between 1953 and 1964. He is Madrid's leading goal scorer in the history of El Clásico, alongside Cristiano Ronaldo.

He began his career at Argentina's River Plate at aged 17 in 1943. For the 1946 season, he was loaned to Club Atlético Huracán, but he returned to River in 1947. Due to a footballers' strike in Argentina in 1949, Di Stéfano went to play for Millonarios of Bogotá in the Colombian league.

He won six league titles during the first 12 years of his career in Argentina and Colombia.

Following his signing by Real Madrid, he was an integral part of one of the most successful teams of all time. He scored 216 league goals in 262 games for Real (then a club record, since surpassed by Raúl and Cristiano Ronaldo), striking up a successful partnership with Ferenc Puskás.

Di Stéfano's 49 goals in 58 matches were the all-time highest tally in the European Cup. The record has since been surpassed by several players, with Real Madrid's Raúl the first in 2005.

Perhaps the highlight of his time with the club was their 7–3 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt in the 1960 European Cup Final at Hampden Park, a game many consider the finest exhibition of club football ever witnessed in Europe.

He was European Footballer of the Year in 1957 and 1959.

He moved to Espanyol in 1964 and played there until retiring at the age of 40.

Playing Career

Full name: Alfredo Stéfano Di Stéfano Laulhé

Date of birth: 4 July 1926

Place of birth: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Date of death: 7 July 2014 (aged 88)

Place of death: Madrid, Spain

Height: 1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)

Playing position: Forward

 

Club Career

          Years                  Team                    Apps      (Gls)

  • 1945–1949          River Plate               66           (49)
  • 1945–1946          Huracán (loan)         25           (10)
  • 1949–1953          Millonarios              101          (90)
  • 1953–1964          Real Madrid            282         (216)
  • 1964–1966          Espanyol                  47           (11)
  • Total                                               521        (376)

Club Honours

  • River Plate - Primera División: 1945, 1947; Copa Aldao: 1947
  • Millonarios - Colombian Championship: 1949, 1951, 1952; Copa Colombia: 1953; Pequeña Copa del Mundo de Clubes: 1953
  • Real Madrid - Primera División: 1953–54, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1962–63, 1963–64; Copa del Rey: 1962; European Cup: 1955–56, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1959–60; Pequeña Copa del Mundo de Clubes: 1956; Intercontinental Cup: 1960; Latin Cup: 1955, 1957

International Career

  • 1947          Argentina         6 (6)
  • 1951–1952 Colombia         4 (0)
  • 1957–1962 Spain              31 (23)

 International Honours

  • Argentina - South American Championship: 1947

 

Individual Honours

  • Argentine Primera División top scorer: 1947
  • Campeonato Profesional top scorer: 1951, 1952
  • Pichichi Trophy: 1954, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959
  • Ballon d'Or: 1957, 1959
  • Pequeña Copa del Mundo de Clubes|Intercontinental Cup top scorer: 9 goals
  • Super Ballon d'Or: 1989
  • European Cup top scorer: 1958, 1962
  • Spanish Player (Athlete) of the Year: 1957, 1959, 1960, 1964
  • FIFA Order of Merit: 1994
  • World Soccer World XI: 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964
  • World Team of the 20th Century: 1998
  • FIFA 100: 2004
  • UEFA Jubilee Awards – Golden Player of Spain: 2004
  • Golden Foot: 2004, as football legend
  • UEFA President's Award: 2007
  • World Soccer Greatest XI of all time: 2013
  • IFFHS Legends
  • Di Stéfano's Golden Foot award in “The Champions Promenade" on the seafront of the Principality of Monaco

Records

  • Scored in most European Cup finals: 5.
  • Scored in most consecutive European Cup finals: 5.
  • Most goals scored in European Cup finals: 7 (shared with Ferenc Puskás)
  • Only player to be awarded the Super Ballon d'Or

The Jamaica Tallawahs have claimed that the decision to not retain Chris Gayle for the 2020 CPL season was strictly business.

The Jamaica-based Hero CPL franchise on Wednesday refuted claims made by Chris Gayle on Monday, that politics and Ramnaresh Sarwan were behind their decision to let Gayle leave for the St Lucia Zouks for the coming season.

Gayle, in a series of videos posted on Youtube on Monday,  suggested that Sarwan, his former West Indies teammate, turned management against him. He said when he refused to back Sarwan’s bid to become team manager, Sarwan sought payback. Gayle called Sarwan a snake and said he was worse than the Coronavirus.

Gayle also said he believes that accepting an invitation from Guyana’s Minister of State Joe Harmon in 2018, also played a part in the decision to let him go.

However, in a statement released early Wednesday, the Tallawahs said Gayle’s comments were far off base and that they are only focussed on rebuilding a team that disappointed during the 2019 season.

“The ownership and management of the Jamaica Tallawahs was disappointed to see the comments made by Mr Christopher Gayle about his departure from the Tallawahs, as we would much rather have had these discussions in private,” the statement said, explaining that Sarwan did not play a role in any decision affecting the self-styled ‘Universe Boss’.

“Mr Gayle gave several reasons for the decision that was made not to retain him in the Tallawahs. However, the truth is that this decision was made collectively by the ownership and management team, which did not include Mr Ramnaresh Sarwan, and based purely on business and cricketing reasoning.”

The Tallawahs also dismissed Gayle’s claim about him being targeted because of perceived political connections.

 “Further, the ownership and management of the Tallawahs have no political affiliation with any political organization in any country of the Caribbean,” the statement said.

“The Tallawahs had a very disappointing season in CPL 2019, where the team finished last in the tournament. The ownership and management team has exercised its rights in the selection of players for CPL 2020 for the betterment of the team.

“The ownership and management of the Tallawahs will not be making any further comment on this matter as we are focusing on building the team for the future.”

The 2020 season of the CPL will be the last for Andre Russell with the Jamaica Tallawahs.

On the eve of his 32nd birthday, Russell, perhaps the most dangerous player in T20 cricket globally, in a rambling speech on Instagram Live on Tuesday night, accused the team’s ownership of poor communication and continued disrespect that helped create the impression that he was part of a conspiracy to get rid of Chris Gayle.

“I have another year’s contract with the Tallawahs and I am going to play and try and win because that is all I play for, but this will be my last because I have been getting mixed up with all these (expletive) that is happening,” he said, “and I can’t be playing cricket and I am not comfortable.

“And I think another franchise that has been coming last and fifth and fourth in CPL will appreciate me more. I am not getting it here.”

Russell revealed that he only heard about Chris Gayle’s departure from the team when the Universe Boss sent him a copy of a report in the Jamaica Gleaner that suggested that Gayle was not going to be retained by the two-time CPL champions and that there were going to changes to the coaching staff.

Rovman Powell was to be made captain.

That information, when combined with recent statements from Marlon Samuels suggesting that Russell must have known about Gayle's departure and Chris Gayle's subsequent comments, gives the impression that he knew what was going on behind the scenes at the Tallawahs when nothing could be further from the truth.

He said in 2019, he was not involved in anything with regards to the Tallawahs whom he said treated him like a player who was making his debut and whose opinion is not valued.

This is despite his decision to play for much less money because he wanted to play before his home fans. “I have accepted a pay cut just to play in front of my home crowd, my family and my friends,” he said.

This year, nothing has changed, Russell said.

“They communicated with my agent. My agent agreed. I agreed with my agent, ‘okay, let we sign’. The only time the CEO (Jeff Miller) or the only time the Jamaica Tallawahs contacted me was to ask me how soon will I sign,” he revealed. “The deadline is that time and can you sign please.”

Russell said when he asked who the team planned on retaining he did not get answers. “Who you guys planning on buying, I don’t get no answers on that. So I just leave it,” he said.

He said he read the newspaper report before he called Gayle and it made him nervous when it said that Floyd Reifer was going to be the head coach.

Reifer had messaged him, he said, indicating that he might be the head coach for the Tallawahs and mentioned plans they have for the upcoming season. However, Reifer suddenly ceased all communication and Miller still was not communicating with him.

During that time, Russell said, rumours began to circulate that Gayle was leaving for the Zouks.

He said his respect for Gayle made him fearful to even approach the ‘Universe Boss’ about whether the rumours were true. So when Gayle messaged him with the newspaper article asking if he knew anything about it, he was stunned.

“I called Chris instantly and I addressed the situation. I said to Chris that the only thing I heard was that Floyd Reifer was potentially going to be the coach.”

However, Russell believes that the fact that Rovman Powell and Reifer are friends and the perception that he knew what was going on behind the scenes, it creates the impression that he was part of a conspiracy to get rid of Gayle.

“Up till now I know nothing that was going on but now it looks like me, Rovman and Floyd Reifer plan up and a get of Chris. Why would I get rid of Chris? Chris has a three-year contract, you’re not supposed to breach your contract,” he said. “I had to address the situation because things don’t look good right now.”

However, this was something Russell said that was a feature of the ownership from the start.

He said when he signed to the Tallawahs in 2018, he had just returned from a one-year ban. The ban was for whereabouts violations after he had missed three doping tests within a calendar year, which under the WADA Code is equal to a doping violation.

He was made captain but, according to Russell, “the way they go about things kinda allowed me to dress back a bit”.

He said when he was made captain he gave the owners a list of the players that he wanted them to sign for the team.  “Overseas players, local players, players from inside the Caribbean. It wasn’t about friends. It wasn’t about Jamaicans,” he said. “I am a guy that plays to win and I have won 13 championships, maybe the only player that has done that, so I don’t play to lose.”

He said he tried to reach out to the owners on the day of the draft and got no reply. However, when the draft was completed they reached out and asked him if he was happy with the team they selected.

He said it took him a while to reply because he was disappointed that they did not communicate with him when he reached out to them. However, his agent urged him to reach out to them and indicate that he still wanted to be captain and that he was happy with the draft.

He concedes that they did pick a good team but it lost in the playoffs to St Kitts and Nevis.

However, Russell believes the owners of the Tallawahs need to change if they are to remain viable.

“We have to do things better for the future,” Russell said, who seemed genuinely disappointed and upset about what transpired between Gayle and Jamaica Tallawahs.

“To deal with Chris Gayle the way that they have dealt with the situation is nothing to do with cricket. It’s more personal.

 “This is going to be an awkward dressing room. It’s going to be an awkward CPL but no one will actually see that when I step out to bat or to bowl while I am on the field because I play to win.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In track and field, breaking a world record is special. Breaking a world record at the Olympic Games is extra special.

Sir Robert Charlton CBE (born 11 October 1937) was a member of the England team that won the 1966 FIFA World Cup, the year he also won the Ballon d'Or.

He played almost all of his club football at Manchester United, where he became renowned for his attacking instincts, his passing abilities from midfield and his ferocious long-range shot, as well as his fitness and stamina.

Charlton made his debut for the Manchester United first-team in 1956, and over the next two seasons gained a regular place in the team, during which time he survived the Munich air disaster of 1958 after being rescued by Harry Gregg.

After helping United to win the Football League First Division in 1965, he won another First Division title with United in 1967. In 1968, he captained the Manchester United team that won the European Cup, scoring two goals in the final to help them become the first English club to win the competition.

Charlton was both Manchester United and England's long-time record goalscorer, and United's long-time record appearance maker, as well as briefly England's until Bobby Moore overtook his 106 caps in 1973.

His appearance record of 758 for United took until 2008 to be beaten when Ryan Giggs did so in that year's Champions League final. 

With 249 goals, he is currently United's second all-time leading goalscorer, after his record was surpassed by Wayne Rooney in 2017. He is also the second-highest goalscorer for England, after his record of 49 goals which was held until 2015 was again surpassed by Rooney.

He was named in the England squad for four World Cups (1958, 1962, 1966 and 1970), though did not play in the first. At the time of his retirement from the England team in 1970, he was the nation's most capped player, having turned out 106 times at the highest level.

Playing Career 

Full name: Robert Charlton

Date of birth: 11 October 1937 (age 82)

Place of birth: Ashington, Northumberland, England

Height: 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)

Playing positions: Attacking midfielder/Forward

 

Club

Years                   Team                             Apps         (Gls)

  • 1956–1973 Manchester United              758         (249)
  • 1974–1975 Preston North End                38            (8)
  • 1976          Waterford                             3            (1)
  • 1978          Newcastle KB United               1            (0)
  • 1980          Perth Azzurri                          3            (2)
  • 1980          Blacktown City                       1            (1)

Total                                                           801         (261)

Honours

Manchester United - Football League First Division (3): 1956–57, 1964–65, 1966–67; FA Cup: 1962–63; Charity Shield (4): 1956, 1957, 1965, 1967; European Cup: 1967–68; FA Youth Cup (3): 1953–54, 1954–55, 1955–56

International

  • England 1958-1970

Honours

  • FIFA World Cup: 1966
  • UEFA European Championship third place: 1968
  • British Home Championship (10): 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970

Individual

  • FWA Footballer of the Year: 1965–66
  • FIFA World Cup Golden Ball: 1966
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team (2): 1966, 1970
  • Ballon d'Or: 1966
  • Ballon d'Or (2nd place): 1967, 1968
  • PFA Merit Award: 1974
  • FWA Tribute Award: 1989
  • FIFA World Cup All-Time Team: 1994
  • Football League 100 Legends: 1998
  • English Football Hall of Fame: 2002
  • FIFA 100: 2004
  • UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll: 14th
  • PFA England League Team of the Century (1907 to 2007):
  • Team of the Century 1907-1976
  • Overall Team of the Century
  • BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award: 2008
  • UEFA President's Award: 2008
  • Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award: 2012
  • FIFA Player of the Century:
  • FIFA internet vote: 16th
  • IFFHS vote: 10th
  • World Soccer The Greatest Players of the 20th century: 12th
  • IFFHS Legends
  • Orders and special awards
  • Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE): 1969
  • Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE): 1974
  • Knight Bachelor: 1994
  • Order of the Rising Sun, 4th class: 2012

It is almost a guarantee that whenever the name Diego Armando Maradona is spoken it will be in discussion about who is the greatest football player of all time. He was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the 20th Century award.

Maradona's vision, passing, ball control and dribbling skills combined with his small stature (1.65 m or 5 ft 5 in), giving him a low centre of gravity and allowing him to manoeuvre better than most other football players. He would often dribble past multiple opposing players on a run.

His presence and leadership on the field had a great effect on his team's general performance, while he would often be singled out by the opposition. In addition to his creative abilities, he also possessed an eye for goal and was known to be a free-kick specialist. A precocious talent, Maradona was given the nickname "El Pibe de Oro" ("The Golden Boy"), a name that stuck with him throughout his career.

In his international career with Argentina, he earned 91 caps and scored 34 goals.

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

His second goal against England in the 1986 World Cup quarterfinal, a 60-metre dribble past five England players was voted "Goal of the Century" by FIFA.com voters in 2002.

 

Playing Career 

Full name: Diego Armando Maradona

Date of birth: 30 October 1960 (age 59)

Place of birth: Lanús, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Height: 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)

Playing positions: Attacking midfielder/Second striker

 

Clubs

Years                  Team                           Apps        (Gls)

1976–1981          Argentinos Juniors           167         (116)

1981–1982          Boca Juniors                     40           (28)

1982–1984          Barcelona                         36           (22)

1984–1991          Napoli                            188           (81)

1992–1993          Sevilla                              26            (5)

1993–1994          Newell's Old Boys                5            (0)

1995–1997          Boca Juniors                      30           (7)

Total                                                      491         (259)

Honours

  • Boca Juniors - Argentine Primera División: 1981 Metropolitano
  • Barcelona - Copa del Rey: 1983; Copa de la Liga: 1983; Supercopa de España: 1983
  • Napoli - Serie A: 1986–87, 1989–90; Coppa Italia: 1986–87; UEFA Cup: 1988–89; Supercoppa Italiana: 1990

International

  • Argentina: 1977-1994 (91 Apps, 34 Gls)

 

Honours

  • FIFA World Youth Championship: 1979
  • FIFA World Cup: 1986
  • Artemio Franchi Trophy: 1993

Individual

  • Argentine Primera División top scorers: 1978 Metropolitano, 1979 Metropolitano, 1979 Nacional, 1980 Metropolitano, 1980 Nacional
  • FIFA World Youth Championship Golden Ball: 1979
  • FIFA World Youth Championship Silver Shoe: 1979
  • Argentine Football Writers' Footballer of the Year: 1979, 1980, 1981, 1986
  • South American Footballer of the Year: (official award) 1979, 1980
  • Olimpia de Oro: 1979, 1986
  • Guerin d'Oro (Serie A Footballer of the Year): 1985
  • UNICEF European Footballer of the Season: 1989–90
  • FIFA World Cup Golden Ball: 1986
  • FIFA World Cup Silver Shoe: 1986
  • FIFA World Cup Most Assists: 1986
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1986, 1990
  • Onze d'Or: 1986, 1987
  • L'Équipe Champion of Champions: 1986
  • United Press International Athlete of the Year Award: 1986
  • World Soccer magazine's Player of the Year: 1986
  • Capocannoniere (Serie A top scorer): 1987–88
  • Coppa Italia top scorer: 1987–88
  • FIFA World Cup Bronze Ball: 1990
  • FIFA World Cup All-Time Team: 1994
  • South American Team of the Year: 1995

As a player, Hendrik Johannes Cruyff won the Ballon d'Or three times, in 1971, 1973, and 1974.

Cruyff was an exponent of the football philosophy known as Total Football explored by Rinus Michels and is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in football history.

At the 1974 finals, he executed a feint that subsequently was named after him, the "Cruyff Turn", a move widely replicated in the modern game. He represented Holland from 1966-1977.

At club level, Cruyff started his career at Ajax, where he won eight Eredivisie titles, three European Cups and one Intercontinental Cup.

In 1973, he moved to Barcelona for a world-record transfer fee, winning La Liga in his first season and was named European Footballer of the Year.

In 48 Internationals between 1966 and 1977, Cruyff scored 33 goals for the Netherlands.

At the club level, Cruyff scored 290 goals in 514 appearances for Ajax, Barcelona, Feyenoord, Levante, Washington Diplomats and the Los Angeles Aztecs.

Playing Career

Full name: Hendrik Johannes Cruijff (Johan Cruyff)

Date of birth: 25 April 1947

Place of birth: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Date of death: 24 March 2016 (aged 68)

Place of death: Barcelona, Spain

Height: 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)

Playing positions: Forward/Attacking midfielder

Clubs

Years             Team                        Apps   (Gls)

1964–1973    Ajax                          240    (190)

1973–1978    Barcelona                   143    (48)

1978–1979    Los Angeles Aztecs          23     (13)

1979–1981    Washington Diplomats     30     (12)

1981             Levante                        10     (2)

1981–1983    Ajax                            36     (14)

1983–1984    Feyenoord                     33     (11)

Total                                              514    (290)

Honours

  • Ajax - Eredivisie: 1965–66, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1969–70, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1981–82, 1982–83; KNVB Cup: 1966–67, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1982–83; European Cup: 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73; Intercontinental Cup: 1972
  • Barcelona - La Liga: 1973–74; Copa del Rey: 1977–78
  • Feyenoord - Eredivisie: 1983–84; KNVB Cup: 1983–84

International

  • Netherlands 1966-1977

Honours

  • FIFA World Cup Runner-up: 1974
  • UEFA European Championship Third place: 1976

Individual

  • Ballon d'Or: 1971, 1973, 1974; Third place: 1975
  • Dutch Footballer of the Year: 1968,1972,1984
  • Dutch Sportsman of the Year: 1973, 1974
  • FIFA World Cup Golden Ball: 1974
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1974
  • IOC European Footballer of the Season: 1970/71, 1972/73
  • Don Balón Award: 1977, 1978
  • North American Soccer League MVP: 1979
  • FIFA World Cup All-Time Team: 1994
  • FIFA World Cup Dream Team: 2002
  • World Team of the 20th Century
  • FIFA 100
  • World Soccer's Greatest XI of All Time: 2013
  • World Soccer's The Greatest Players of the 20th Century: #3
  • France Football's Player of the Century: #3
  • IFFHS European Player of the Century: #1
  • IFFHS World Player of the Century: #2
  • IFFHS Legends

Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo played as a midfielder for Sporting CP, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter Milan before retiring on 31 May 2009. He won 127 caps for the Portugal national team, a record at the time later broken by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Renowned for his creativity and ability to get past defenders as a winger, Figo is regarded as one of the greatest players of his generation.

His 106 assists are the second-most in LaLiga history, behind Lionel Messi.

He won the 2000 Ballon d'Or, 2001 FIFA World Player of the Year, and in 2004, Pelé named him in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players.

Figo is one of the few football players to have played for both Spanish rival clubs Barcelona and Real Madrid. His controversial transfer in 2000 from Barcelona to bitter rivals Real Madrid set a world record fee of €62 million.

Figo had a successful career highlighted by several trophy wins, including the Portuguese Cup, four La Liga titles, two Spanish Cups, three Spanish Super Cups, one UEFA Champions League title, one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, two UEFA Super Cups, one Intercontinental Cup, four Serie A titles, one Italian Cup and three Italian Super Cups.

On the international level, he scored 32 goals for Portugal, representing the nation at three European Championships and two World Cups, helping them reach the final but finish as runners-up at Euro 2004.

Playing Career

Full name: Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo

Date of birth: 4 November 1972 (age 47)

Place of birth: Almada, Portugal

Height: 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)

Playing positions: Winger/Attacking midfielder

Clubs

Years                     Team              Apps      (Gls)

1989–1995          Sporting CP         137        (16)

1995–2000          Barcelona            172        (30)

2000–2005          Real Madrid          164        (38)

2005–2009          Inter Milan           105         (9)

Total                                            578        (93)

National team

1991–2006 Portugal

Honours

Sporting CP - Taça de Portugal: 1994–95

Barcelona - La Liga: 1997–98, 1998–99; Copa del Rey: 1997, 1998; Supercopa de España: 1996; UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1997; UEFA Super Cup: 1997

Real Madrid - La Liga: 2000–01, 2002–03; Supercopa de España: 2001, 2003; UEFA Champions League: 2002; UEFA Super Cup: 2002; Intercontinental Cup: 2002

Inter Milan - Serie A: 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09; Coppa Italia: 2006; Supercoppa Italiana: 2006, 2008

Individual

  • UEFA Under-21 Championship Golden Player: 1994
  • Portuguese Golden Ball: 1994
  • Sporting CP Player of the Year: 1994
  • Portuguese Footballer of the Year: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
  • ESM Team of the Year: 1997–98, 1999-00
  • La Liga Foreign Player of the Year: 1999, 2000, 2001
  • UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament: 2000, 2004[65]
  • World Soccer (magazine) Player of the Year: 2000
  • Ballon d'Or: 2000
  • FIFA World Player of the Year: 2001
  • FIFA World Player of the Year – Silver Award: 2000
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2003[65]
  • UEFA Champions League top assist provider: 2004–05
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 2006
  • Inter Milan Player of the Year: 2006
  • FIFA 100
  • Golden Foot: 2011, as football legend
  • IFFHS Legends

 

Brazilian midfielder Arthur Antunes Coimbra, better known as Zico, was a creative playmaker, with excellent technical skills, vision, and an eye for goal.

Considered one of the most clinical finishers and best passers ever, Zico is regarded as the best player in the world between the 1970s and early 1980s. He was a world-class playmaker and free-kick specialist, able to bend the ball in all directions.

With 68 goals in 94 official appearances for Brazil, Zico is fifth highest goal scorer for his national team.

He represented Brazil in the 1978, 1982 and 1986 World Cups but did not win any of them, even though the 1982 squad is considered one of the greatest Brazilian national squads ever. As such, Zico is seen as one of the best players in football history not to have been on a World Cup-winning squad.

He was Player of the Year in 1981 and 1983.

In 1999, Zico came eighth in the FIFA Player of the Century grand jury vote, and in 2004 was named in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players

Between 1971 and 1983, while at Flamengo, Zico was a key player during the most glorious period of the team's history. He led the team to victory in the 1981 Copa Libertadores, the 1981 Intercontinental Cup, and four national titles (1980, 1982, 1983, and 1987).

In the 1983–84 Serie A season, Zico scored 19 goals for Udinese, one fewer than top scorer Michel Platini, having played four fewer matches.

In 1987, two years after returning to Flamengo in 1985, he led the club to the Copa União title.

 

Playing Career

Full name            Arthur Antunes Coimbra

Date of birth       3 March 1953 (age 67)

Place of birth      Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Height   1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)

Playing position(s)   Attacking midfielder

 

Club Career

 

Years                    Team               Apps        (Gls)

1971–1983          Flamengo            212        (123)

1983–1985          Udinese                39          (22)

1985–1989          Flamengo              37          (12)

1991–1994          Kashima Antlers      46          (35)

 

Honours

Club

  • Flamengo - Campeonato Carioca: 1972, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1979 (extra), 1981, 1986; Campeonato Brasileiro Série A: 1980, 1982, 1983; Copa União: 1987; Copa Libertadores: 1981; FIFA Club World Cup: 1981
  • Kashima Antlers - J.League Suntory Series: 1993

International Career

Brazil: 1976-1986

Honours

  • FIFA World Cup Third place: 1978
  • Copa América Third place: 1979

Individual

  • Bola de Ouro: 1974, 1982
  • Bola de Prata: 1974, 1975, 1977, 1982, 1987
  • Campeonato Carioca top scorer: 1975 (30 goals), 1977 (27 goals), 1978 (19 goals), 1979 (26 goals), 1982 (21 goals)
  • South American Footballer of the Year: 1977, 1981, 1982
  • South American Footballer of the Year Silver Ball: 1976, 1980
  • Brazilian season top scorer: 1976 (63 goals), 1977 (48 goals), 1979 (81 goals), 1980 (53 goals), 1982 (59 goals)
  • FIFA XI: 1979, 1982
  • Campeonato Brasileiro Série A top scorer: 1980 (21 goals), 1982 (21 goals)
  • Copa Libertadores Best Player: 1981
  • Copa Libertadores top scorer: 1981
  • Intercontinental Cup MVP Award: 1981
  • FIFA World Cup Bronze Boot: 1982
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1982
  • World Soccer Player of the Year: 1983
  • Chevron Award: 1984
  • Serie A Player of the Year: 1984
  • FIFA Order of Merit: 1996
  • FIFA 100: 2004
  • Golden Foot Legends Award: 2006
  • Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame: 2010
  • IFFHS 3rd Best Brazilian Player of the 20th century
  • IFFHS 7th Best South American Player of the 20th century
  • IFFHS 14th Best Player of the 20th century
  • FIFA 7th Best Player of the 20th century (FIFA Magazine and Grand Jury vote)
  • France Football 9th Best Player of the 20th century
  • World Soccer Magazine 18th Greatest Player of the 20th century
  • Placed 16th Best Player of the 20th century
  • IFFHS Legends

Records

  • Top scorer in Flamengo's history – 508 goals
  • Top scorer in Maracanã Stadium – 333 goals
  • Japan Soccer League record for goals scored in straight matches – 11 goals in 10 matches (1992)
  • Flamengo record holder – Top scorer in a single season – 81 goals (1979)

 

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