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Garrincha, the angel with bent legs
by Samuel Charles, March 25th, 2013 11:05PM

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[VIDEO PICK: Magic feet] As the USA prepares for Mexico at Azteca, defending champion Spain faces a crucial visit to France and England meets longtime nemesis Montenegro, all looking to qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, we pay homage to one of that country's greatest ever, Garrincha.

Pele could be the best player in soccer history, but Garrincha is probably Brazil’s most beloved.

Born Manuel Francisco dos Santos in 1933 with birth defects that led to him being dubbed Anjo de Pernes Tortas, "Angel with Bent Legs," the right-winger was a huge part of Brazil’s 1958 and 1962 World Cup titles, cementing his place in Selecao lore with just 50 appearances.

Oozing charisma on and off the field with dribbling skills that are still the gold standard, Garrincha’s off-field life was tumultuous, and he died of alcoholism in 1983, but he remains extremely popular.

This clip has some beautiful footage, taking you back to when seeing Garrincha with the ball at his feet was the greatest show on earth ...



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