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NILTON dos Reis SANTOS, Brazil
Botafogo
1949-1965

As the career of Nilton Santos matured, so did Brazilian football. A stalwart left-back, he debuted for Brazil in the 1949 Copa America. Although a member of the 1950 World Cup team, it wasn't until he stepped on the field in 1954 that Team Brazil's fortunes began a steady rise. That team reached the quarter-finals, and then World Cup Championships in 1958 and 1962. A powerful attacking left fullback, he was instrumental in adding balance and putting even greater pressure on defenses who had enough to contend with in Pele, Didi and Garrincha.

 

CAPS GOALS
75 3

 

 

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Nilton Santos

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ALL-TIME WORLD XI

< Lev Yashin, CCCP
< Carlos Alberto, BRZ
< Franz Beckenbauer, GRM
< Bobby Moore, ENG
< Johan Cruyff, HLD
< Alfredo Di Stefano, ARG
< Diego Maradona, ARG
< Nilton Santos, BRZ
< Garrincha, BRZ
< Pele, BRZ
< Zinedine Zidane, FR

 
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