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World Cup 2018: 5 great Brazilians who never got a World Cup winner's medal

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Published 21 May 2018, 15:24 IST
21 May 2018, 15:24 IST

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Careca scored five goals at the 1986 world cup.

When the US Basketball team participates at the Olympics, fans across the world expect them to return with the gold. Anything less would be a disappointment. Same is the case with any Brazilian side playing in the FIFA World Cup.

It's not difficult to understand why the level of expectations is so high from them. With a total of five FIFA World Cup victories, Brazil happens is the most decorated side in the tournament. The Canarinho (Little Canary) have had an endless supply of great players. Players like Pele, Garrincha and Ronaldo acquired legendary status after leading their teams to success.

At the same time, however, there have been many great Brazilian players who failed to win the ultimate prize. Today, we list down five such legendary Selecao players who were deprived of a world cup victory.

#5 Careca

Antonio de Oliveira Filho, better known as Careca, is regarded as one of the greatest Brazilian strikers of all time. He is most famous for his spell at Napoli, where he was part of the legendary trio 'Ma-Gi-Ca' alongside Maradona and Giordano. Careca was a complete forward with exceptional positional sense and the ability to assist others as well.

The 1986 FIFA World Cup saw Careca announce himself to the world. With five goals, he finished second behind Gary Lineker in tournament's goal-scoring charts. Despite him scoring in the match, Brazil ended up bowing out to France in the quarterfinals.

Four years later, Brazil lost to defending champions Argentina in the round of 16. Careca found the net twice in the tournament. He played his last international in August 1993, almost a year before Brazil won their fourth world cup.

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