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Date Of Birth : 28 October 1933
Position : Right-Winger
Nation : Brazil
Height : 169 cm
Major Club : Botafogo
Caps : 50 Games (12 Goals)
Professional Score Record : 239 Goals/ 616 Games
World Cup Participation : 1958, 1962, 1966 (12 Games)
Club Honours : 3 Times Campeonato Carioca
International Honours : 2 Times FIFA World Cup Champions (1958, 1962)
Individual Achievement : 1962 FIFA World Cup Golden Ball
1962 FIFA World Cup Golden Shoe
1994 FIFA World Cup All-Time Team
1998 FIFA World Team of The Century
Brazil Footballer Museum Hall Of Fame

“The Little Bird” Garrincha is regarded as the greatest winger of all-time and also the greatest dribbler in history of the game. Many eminent football historians in Brazil and around the world refer to him being at least the equal of Pelé , was rated by many as the second greatest Brazilian footballer of all-time. He grew up in poverty with high right leg 6 cm shorter than the left. Rather than shying away from soccer after a childhood illness left his right leg bowing inward while the left bowed outward, he developed a devastating body swerve that mocked his body’s special anatomy. As a right-winger, He was known for his remarkable ball control, imagination, acceleration, crossing, dribbling skills and ability to create something from nothing, He also possessed a ferocious shot with either foot and was a gifted dead ball specialist known for free kicks and corners taken with the outside of his foot, Garrincha’s best career highlight was happened in World Cup 1962 which he could fulfill Brazilian after Pele was out of tournament because of injury. For his all matches in World Cup, Brazil only lost one match with him on the pitch. He was voted 8th and 20th the greatest footballer of the century from IFFHS and World Soccer’s poll, respectively, was voted 6th the best player in world cup history by France Football.

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