As we continue to move closer to the World Cup, it makes sense to start thinking about the past and why some nations, like 2022 favorite Brazil, have dominated their rivals. Brazil, no doubt, is the greatest soccer World Cup country on the planet. The Brazilians have had their share of great moments. Below are five of the top moments in Brazilian World Cup history. Let’s jump right into action so you can continue making your bets against the FIFA World Cup Betting Odds.
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Pele’s goal versus Sweden in 1958
The great Pele was 17 years old at the 1958 World Cup. The tournament took place in Sweden. Brazil faced the host nation in the World Cup Finals.
Unfortunately for the Swedes, Pele’s amazing goal, where he flicked the ball over a defender before getting it low under the keeper, not only helped Brazil win the 1958 World Cup but it also put Pele on the fast track to legendary status.
Pele’s goal is one of the most famous in soccer history. Also in 1958, Brazil became the first nation to win a World Cup outside of their continent.
Carlos Alberto’s goal versus Italy in 1970
The 1970 Brazil World Cup team is one of the greatest of all time. Pele, Jairzinho, and Clodoaldo were a part of the team.
So was Carlos Alberto. Carlos is the one who scored a goal versus Italy in the closing minutes to hand Brazil their third World Cup win in the last 6 tournaments. Many soccer fans consider Alberto’s goal against the Italians the greatest goal in the history of the World Cup.
Ronaldo scores 2 goals versus Germany in 2002
Before there was Christiano Ronaldo there was simply Ronaldo. The Brazilian master striker would have become one of the greatest, a top three player, if not for injuries.
Ronaldo 1.0 had an amazing match versus Germany in the 2002 final. In 1998, Ronaldo suffered a seizure 4 hours before the final match versus France and Zinedine Zidane.
During the 4 years between the 1998 and 2002 World Cup tournaments, Ronaldo had to work through various injuries but he was healthy for the title match against Germany and it showed.
The great Ronaldo scored 2 goals to lead Brazil to yet another World Cup trophy.
Pele, Tostao, and Jairzinho down the reigning champs in 1970
Before Carlos Alberto’s goal in 1970 to seal the World Cup title, the Brazilians had to get by the reigning WC champions, England.
The soccer world was enthralled with the English, who had somehow won the 1964 World Cup over West Germany. Many soccer fans had hopes that England was the new soccer power.
England and Brazil met in the group stage. Tostao, Pele, and Jairzinho combined to score a goal that sent the English back home. The goal scored off the foot of Jairzinho, but without Tostao and Pele’s involvement there’s no way the goal would have crossed the line and into the net.
The English have had few great World Cup moments since Jairzinho dagger. Since the 1970 World Cup win, Brazil has pocketed 2 more World Cup trophies, in 1994 and 2002.
Ronaldo breaks the World Cup scoring record in 2006
Italy beat France in the 2006 World Cup Final, but Brazil still had something to cheer about during the tournament.
Ronaldo scored a couple of goals versus Japan in Brazil’s final group stage match. The 2 goals tied Ronaldo with Germany’s Gerd Muller for 14 World Cup goals.
Then in Brazil’s Round of 16 match versus Ghana, Ronaldo broke the record by scoring a goal. The great Ronaldo ended his Brazil career as the top goal scorer in World Cup history.
Ronaldo’s record stood for eight years until Germany’s brilliant Miroslav Klose scored a goal 16 in 2014. Ronaldo remains second on the list with 15, 1 goal ahead of Muller.