Brazil has been blessed with generations of playmakers who’ve each stepped up to the plate one after another. Garrincha is one of the greatest footballers to play the game – some say the greatest – so you’d have to feel for the man next in line after he retired. But Jairzinho didn’t let the pressure upon him show and put on one of the most amazing World Cup displays ever in 1970.
As part of one of the best teams in the tournament’s history, he helped Brazil win the tournament outright, after the disappointment of 1966. Jairzinho more than played his part as he scored in every single game he played in. It was the perfect combination of speed, flair and strength. What a performance from the man and he’s well-deserving of a place on this list.