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A Flamengo legend, Zico was also the star of the great Brazil team for the 1982 World Cup and one of the stars of that tournament. A creative midfielder with flair and an eye for goal, he was one of the best freekick takers of all time. His legend is tarnished somewhat by his, and the teams' lack of success in 1982, and his showing at the 1978 and 1986 tournaments - marred by injury and rarely selected to start games. At Flamengo he won the Copa Libertadores and then led his team to thrash Liverpool 3-1 in the Intercontinental Cup in 1981, giving Flamengo fair reason to claim the title of best club in the world, with him as their star player.

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