Date of Birth: July 15, 1954
Nicknamed ‘El Marador’, Kempes is the most popular footballer in Argentinian history after Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi. He earned his first cap as a 19-year-old in the qualifying rounds of the 1974 World Cup. He played in three World Cups (1974, 1978 and 1982), scoring six goals. Kempes’s World Cup on home soil (in 1978) did not begin well. He failed to score in the league games against Hungary, France and Italy. Manager Cesar Menotti then told him to shave off his moustache. This innocuous act did the trick. In the next four matches, including the final, he scored six goals and finished as the
top-scorer and the tournament’s best player.