Date of Birth: October 28, 1933
Died: January 20, 1983
‘The bow-legged angel’, ‘The joy of the people’ — both nicknames explain how much Brazilians loved Garrincha. Some believe he was better than Pele. He was embodiment of Brazilian cheekiness, a rebel who would not pass an opportunity to make his markers look like fools. A winner of two World Cups, he inspired the team in Chile (1962), when they had been shocked by Pele’s tournament-ending injury. He received the Golden Ball for being the best player of the tournament and the Golden Boot for most goals. Four years later, struggling with knees that were falling apart, he was a pale resemblance of that wondrous player.
Alcoholism followed and he died in 1983.