From Pele’s ‘sombrero’ to Tardelli’s ‘madness’: remarkable interviews with five World Cup final goalscorers


The World Cup final is football’s grandest showpiece, with the potential to turn players into legends. But what does it feel like to score in one? Here, five men who graced a final with a goal share their stories

1958: Brazil 5 Sweden 2

Pele scored twice, aged just 17 – he remains the youngest scorer in World Cup final history

My father was a footballer, but he injured his knee which ended his career. For the 1950 World Cup final, when Brazil played at the Maracanã, he and all his friends were preparing all this food for a big party because they were expecting to become champions. Brazil lost.

My dad was crying, everyone was crying. I was only 10 so I couldn’t understand. I said, “Dad, why are you crying?” and he said, “Because Brazil lost the World Cup.” To try to make him feel better I said, “No, don’t cry, I’m going to win the cup for you.”

After the disappointments of 1950 and 1954 the Brazilian people really didn’t have much confidence in the Brazilian team. But Brazil has never had another team like the one in ’58. Still today I don’t think there has been one better.

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