The World Cup’s most iconic players: Argentina captain and winner Daniel Passarella


The World Cup's most iconic players: Argentina captain and winner Daniel Passarella in 1978

Daniel Passarella won the World Cup with Argentina in 1978

There are just 62 days to go until the 2018 World Cup begins and is counting them down by looking at the competition’s most wonderful players.

This 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.

62) Daniel Passarella: Argentina, defender (1978, 1982)

Nicknamed ‘El Gran Capitan’ after the Argentine hero of independence Jose de San Martin (and we all know him), Passarella was the captain who lifted aloft the World Cup in 1978 – and but for a bout of enterocolitis might have done so again in Mexico eight years later. He was also one of the great South American defenders – just 5ft 8ins tall, but hard, dirty, cynical and a joy to watch.

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