Zico was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Mar. 3, 1953. Known as a famous and excellent attacking midfielder of Brazil, he was widely regarded as a creative footballer for his distinguished competitiveness in outstanding technique, vision as well as pass. As the fifth highest goal-scorer of Brazil national football team, he played for Brazil squad in 71 matches, winning 48 goals in his whole international playing career. Having participated three World Cups in 1978, 1982 and 1986, he spared no efforts at these international competitions, simply ending with no titles and accolades of them.
At the very beginning, Zico was not physically strong. After hard work with special diet provided by his team, he turned to be a professional football player with strong body. All these contribute to his wonderful and great successes achievements in football, laying a solid foundation for later successes. For outstanding performances in football, he played for many football clubs successively, such as Flamengo, Udinese and Kashima Antlers.
Ruud van Nistelrooy was born in Oss, North Brabant, Netherlands on Jul. 1, 1976. As a famous former striker and the fourth –highest goal-scorer, he was known for outstanding performances and unremitting efforts on football fields. In 1993, he started his professional playing career with Netherlands second division side. After winning 12 goals in 31 matches in the 1996-97 campaign, he became a professional football player of Heerenveen, where he won 13 goals in 31 matches with the club.
After played with the club in a season, he transferred to PSV for a then-record transfer fee. In this season with PVS, he won 31 goals in 34 matches, obtaining splendid achievements. In addition to football clubs referred above, he also played for Manchester United, Real Madrid, Hamburger SV and Málaga. For distinguished talents and outstanding performances at many important games, he also capped for the Netherlands national football team for 70 times, winning 35 goals for his team. After his playing career, he devoted himself to coaching intern work with the U17.
René van de Kerkhof was born in Helmond, Netherlands on Sep. 16, 1951. As a Netherlandish former footballer, he was known for extraordinary talents on football and unremitting efforts. Throughout whole international career of René van de Kerkhof, he has won five goals at 47 matches. He left a deep impression to people for an incident prior to World Cup final in 1978.
In 1978, he experienced his prime career, winning the second place of the UEFA Cup, Netherlands champion and KNVB Beker. For unique technique, consistency, enthusiasm and dynamic energy, he won respects, supports and great accolades for his team. He has won anything as much as possible, such as titles, the Dutch Cup, the UEFA cup. Not only won he unprecedented honors and titles, but also he won competent team mates during this process. As long as pulling on Netherlands football kits, he will be refreshed and lighten up by the bright aspiration for the country. In 2004, he became a member of the top 125 greatest living footballers.
Nilton Santos was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on May 16, 1925. Known as the greatest defender of Brazil national football team of his generation, he has played for two football teams, including Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas and Brazil squad. Nilton Santos, a legendary football player, played for Botafogo in 718 matches. The extraordinary contributions for football by him is that defenders could engage in defending and attacking. In that time, duty of wingback is still restricted in defending rather than attacking, being the pioneering who opened another gate for football. In matches, he participated in shoot and even accomplished shot directly, changing the responsibility of wingbacks on football fields greatly.
He was taken as a critical football player at the World Cup in 1954, 1958 and 1962. He began cutting a striking figure in the sphere of football for an important goal in the 1958 tournament. In his whole international playing career, he capped for Brazil side for 75 times, winning 3 goals in Brazil football kit.
Sócrates was born in Belém, Pará, Brazil on Feb. 19, 1954. Played as a professional attacking midfielder, he was known for unique pass, broad vision at many competitions and dynamic energy. Not only was he good at football, but also he performed well in medicine and political. For his bachelor’s degree and performances in politics, he was nicknamed “Doctor Socrates”. Attributing to noticeable beards and headbands, Sócrates was taken as a symbol of cool for many football lovers.
Due to distinguished talents, fabulous performances and great achievements in football, he was widely regarded as one of the best footballer of Brazil national football team. During the 7-year-long services for Brazil squad, Sócrates won 22 goals for Brazil national football team at two World Cups. He turned to be a captain of Brazil squad at the FIFA World Cup. He, along with some famous footballers like Zico, Falcão and Éder, was widely regarded as one of excellent footballers of Brazil. In 1983 and 2004, he turned to be a member among South American Footballer of the Year and the FIFA 100.