World Cup trophy

Introduction.

Over the years, the world cup has been graced with a number of incredible moments. That given , Pele and Maradona are undoubtedly among the best players to ever play the game. Only once, from 1939 to 1945, did the world cup get postponed due to the Second World War. We explore a few of these numbers.

Goals and Assists.

There have been more than 1,300 goal scorers for the 2,548 goals scored at the 21 World Cup final tournament editions, according to Wikipedia.

There have been some amazing goals during the world cup. Not the daring dribble by Maradona against England or the Germany goal by Gotze in the 2014 final versus Argentina. But among these well-known figures, it is Germany’s Miroslav Klose has scored the most goals with 24 outings. Between 2002 and 2014, the German international participated in a total of four competitions. The Brazilian Ronaldo is next on the list, in just 19 appearances across three competitions, The phenomonal has scored 15 goals. Despite scoring six and seven goals, respectively, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have oddly never scored in the knockout stages.

This World Cup will feature some of the best passers, including Lionel Messi and Kevin De Bruyne. They respectively have four and six assists. Pele, a legend in Brazil, is the competitor they will be hoping to defeat. Of his 10 assists, six were a result of his performance in the 1970 World Cup.

Appearances and Titles.

79 nations have taken part in the world cup across its 21 iterations. The premier event in football has taken place in 17 different countries, with Uruguay hosting the inaugural event. Only eight teams have succeeded in winning it out of the thirteen that have made it to the finals. Brazil has the record for most victories with five, the most recent coming in 2002. Noting that they have taken part in every competition since the first one in 1930 is also important. Germany and Italy have each won four world championships. No country from Africa has ever won the World Cup, yet other major footballing nations like Belgium may also claim that.

Only Didier Deschamps, Franz Beckenbauer, and Zagallo (1952, 1962, and 1970, respectively, as a player and as manager of Brazil) have won the prestigious cup in both managerial and playing capacities. Deschamps won the world cup in 1998 as a player and in 2018 as the head coach. As a player in 1970 and a coach in 1990, Beckenbauer won it.

The world cup record for cards.

There are drawbacks for Brazil. They have received 10 red cards as a result of playing in every tournament, with Argentina coming in second with 9.

Zinedine Zidane, a legend of France, has received two questionable yellow cards. Most notably, he was sent off for head butting Italy’s Marco Materazzi in the 2006 championship game.

Who holds the world cup record for age?

The Egyptian goalie El Hadary is the oldest player to have ever competed at a World Cup. At 45 years and 160 days old, he competed in the 2018 World Cup against Saudi Arabia. Roger Miller, a legendary player from Cameron, participated in the 1994 World Cup match against Russia at the age of just over 45 months.

Dani Alves of Brazil, the right back, and Pepe of Portugal are honorable mentions for this world cup.

Despite participating in the 1982 World Cup, Australian Norman Whiteside is still the youngest player to play in the tournament. Samuel Etoo, a fiery striker from Cameroon, and Pele, a striker from Brazil, deserve honorable mentions.

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By Ansias

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