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5 utility players who have lifted the World Cup

  • These players weren't the best footballers yet somehow managed to be a part of world cup winning squads.
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4. Luizao (Brazil)

Brazil v Turkey - World Cup 2002
Luizao: trying not to look flustered

For all the rich talent that Brazil have possessed, they have produced quite a few mediocre ones too. Another, one of the members of the 2002 World cup winning squad, Luiz Carlos Bombonato Goulart, better known as Luizao was a striker who plied his trade for Corinthians when he got selected for the world cup.

A journeyman striker, Luizao played for 15 clubs throughout his career including ventures in Japan, earning a call-up to the Brazil squad after hitting a purple patch with Corinthians. In a squad with no shortage of attacking firepower containing the likes of Rivaldo, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho, Luizao had to be content on the Selecao bench.

Luizao failed to score on both of his substitute appearances, replacing Ronaldo both times. The 2002 world cup was the last time we saw Luizao in the Yellow and Blue of Brazil.

Published 10 Jun 2018, 15:53 IST
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