Originally Posted by GeorgeWHitler
I have never said who was better out of Pele or Maradona, but to me they are the greatest players.
Garrincha was special, big alcoholic, bow legged, loved the moves, meant to have loved the ladies, but he died in bad circumstances.
10. Garrincha (Manuel Francisco dos Santos) (Brazil)
World Cups: 1958 (winner), 1962 (winner), 1966
One of the game's greatest wingers and a star of Brazil's World Cup-wining sides in 1958 and 1962, Garrincha might never have played the game. As a child his legs were so badly twisted that he underwent surgery just to allow him to walk.
A champion dribbler, he could run circles around the opponent's defence much to the crowd's delight. This ability endeared him to the Brazilian crowds, who would turn up in large numbers to watch him play.
His right leg was six centimetres shorter than his left, but that did not prevent him from packing a mean punch in his kicks.
He passed away in 1983.
I have no clue about the circumstances of his death. Do tell...
"My greatest point is my persistence. I never give up in a match. However down I am, I fight until the last ball. My list of matches shows that I have turned a great many so-called irretrievable defeats into victories."
Roland Garros, France
Grand Slam, 29-May-78
R128 Deblicker, Eric (FRA) N/A 6-1 6-1 6-1
R64 Fagel, Rick (USA) N/A 6-0 6-1 6-0
R32 Bertolucci, Paolo (ITA) N/A 6-0 6-2 6-2
R16 Tanner, Roscoe (USA) N/A 6-2 6-4 7-6
Q Ramirez, Raul (MEX) N/A 6-3 6-3 6-0
S Barazzutti, Corrado (ITA) N/A 6-0 6-1 6-0
W Vilas, Guillermo (ARG) N/A 6-1 6-1 6-3