Vava is the first man to score in two successive World Cup finals
Only 29 days remain until the 2018 World Cup in Russia begins and talkSPORT.com is counting the days with the most iconic players to appear in previous tournament.
The list featuring Pele, Diego Maradona and Zinedine Zidane, looks at the greatest moments from the most iconic footballers – from great goal scorers and majestic defenders to sensational scoundrels and those who just didn’t know the rules.
29) Vava: Brazil, forward (1958 and 1962)
Like Zinedine Zidane, Paul Breitner and Pele, Vava scored in two World Cup finals – the first man to actually do it. Uniquely, he’s the only player to have scored in consecutive finals. Of his 15 goals for Brazil, spread over nine years, nine of them came at the World Cup. Of those, seven were scored in the final (3), semi-final (3) or quarter-final (1). The other two saved his team from a group-stage exit in 1958. Look, the man just scored a lot of important goals, with ‘62 being a source of pride as he had to shoulder the burden of Pele’s injury and lead Brazil’s attack to glory.
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