During the World Cup Mexico 1970, Brazil was proclaimed for the third time as the best team on the planet thanks to the dream team that managed to put together players like Pelé, Gerson, Jairzinho, Rivellino, among others. That year, the Peruvian team had the bad luck to stumble upon that team in the quarterfinals, which ended their journey at the World Cup.
One of those responsible for the elimination of the ‘Blanquirroja’ was Tostão, the ‘9 ′ of the‘ Canarinha ’. In the match against the ‘bicolor ‘, the former offensive midfielder scored two goals for the victory of his squad. Despite considering those many as “very important”, the former soccer player pointed out that this was not his best presentation in the tournament.
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“I scored two very important goals, but I did not offer my best performance of that World Cup. My best performance was against Uruguay. Against Peru, I had two chances to score and take the rival out of the match. Against Uruguay, I created two of the goals with crucial passes, and out of my boots came the ball that Pelé was about to enter the goal after feigning the goalkeeper, “confessed Tostão, who was about to not participate in the contest due to a severe eye injury.
Despite the fact that some consider him to be the best player in that championship, Eduardo Gonçalves de Andrade (his real name) said that this distinction belongs to Pelé, who also said that he is the best of all time, above Maradona, Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.
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“I think Pelé was better than all of them. For me, no comparison is possible. Pelé was much more complete. He had all the qualities that a striker must have and not a single defect, “he assured.
This crossing between both South American delegations has been classified as one of the best matches in the history of the World Cups.
“But Peru were not easy prey – they had an excellent team. Héctor Chumpitaz was considered by some to be the best and most elegant defender in South America, while midfielder Teófilo Cubillas was a talented and skillful attacker, ”the sports website Goal.com highlighted a long time ago.
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