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The Legend: Manuel Francisco Dos Santos aka ‘Garrincha’

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Football has seen many great legends. Legends who lead the world with his legs. Skill and passion made them the rulers of the game. Today one of them were born. Garrincha, the Brazilian superstar.

Early Life.
Manuel Francisco dos Santos was born on October 28, 1933, in Pau Grande, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A series of birth defects left him with a deformed spine and a left leg that was six centimeters shorter than his right one; furthermore, he was small for his age, prompting his sister to nickname him “Garrincha,” the Portuguese word for wren. Regardless, the youngster overcame the physical odds to become one of the impoverished area’s most talented soccer players.

Professional Career :
Garrincha joined the Rio Janeiro club Botafogo in 1953, and recorded a hat trick in his first-team debut that July. Although he was passed over for a spot on the Brazilian team for the 1954 World Cup, he quickly became known for his dazzling dribbling displays and confounding moves that left defenders helpless. His entertaining style of play earned him more nicknames, including “Alegria do Povo”—Joy of the People.
The winger was named to the Brazilian squad for the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, and with A Seleção boasting a formidable unit that included Didi, Zagallo, Vava and a gifted 17-year-old named Pelé, they claimed the country’s first championship.

Four years later, when Pelé was injured early during the World Cup in Chile, Garrincha took center stage. He knocked home a pair of goals against England in the quarterfinals and two more against the host country in the semifinals, and after Brazil held off Czechoslovakia for its second straight championship, he was named the tournament’s best player.

Due in large part to Garrincha’s struggles with a knee injury, the Brazilians failed to advance from the first round of the 1966 World Cup in England. Garrincha’s final game in the tournament was a 3-1 loss to Hungary; remarkably, it was his only loss in 50 career international appearances.
After winning three Carioca State Championships and a pair of Rio–São Paulo Tournaments with Botafogo, Garrincha was sold to the São Paulo–based Corinthians in 1966. He won one more Rio–São Paulo Tournament with Corinthians before moving on to stints with Atlético Junior and Flamengo, and finishing his career with Olaria in 1972.
Personal Life and Death
Garrincha was known for his hard-partying lifestyle. He married multiple times, with Brazilian samba singer Elza Soares among his wives, and is believed to have fathered at least 14 children. A superstar in his home country, he was honored with the dedication of Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, an all-purpose arena built in Brasília in 1974.
However, Garrincha lost control over his life as he spiraled into alcoholism. He killed his mother-in-law in a car crash in 1969, and separated from Soares in 1977 after attacking her in a drunken rage.
Penniless and stricken by liver cirrhosis, Garrincha died on January 20, 1983, after lapsing into an alcoholic coma. Despite his late-life troubles, thousands of fans came to view his body at Estádio do Maracanã and to pay their respects to the man who once inspired so much joy on the soccer pitch.
After winning three Carioca State Championships and a pair of Rio–São Paulo Tournaments with Botafogo, Garrincha was sold to the São Paulo–based Corinthians in 1966. He won one more Rio–São Paulo Tournament with Corinthians before moving on to stints with Atlético Junior and Flamengo, and finishing his career with Olaria in 1972.

He done 276 goals in club career and 12 goals for his country.

Playing style :
Garrincha is renowned for his remarkable ball control, imagination, dribbling skills and feints on the wing, as well as his ability to create chances out of nothing.
He also possessed a powerful shot with either foot and was a gifted set piece specialist known for free kicks and corners taken with the outside of his foot. However, it was his dribbling skills he was most famous for, a skill he retained throughout his career.

Achievements :

Club

Botafogo

International Quadrangular Tournament: 1954
State Championship: 1957, 1961, 1962
Interclub Tournament Pentagonal Mexico: 1958
International Tournament of Colombia: 1960
International Tournament in Costa Rica: 1961
Tournament Home: 1961, 1962 and 1963
Pentagonal the International Club of México: 1962
Interstate Cup Champions Club: 1962
Rio Sao-Paolo Tournament: 1962 and 1964
Brazilian Championship (Roberto Gomes Pedrosa Championship): 1962 and 1964
World Champion Clubs (Paris Intercontinental Championship): 1963
Golden Jubilee Tournament Football Association of La Paz: 1964
Ibero-American Tournament: 1964
Panamaribo Cup: 1964

International

Brazil
FIFA World Cup Champion: 1958, 1962
O’Higgins Cup winner: 1955, 1959, 1961
Oswaldo Cruz Cup: 1960

Individual

FIFA World Cup Golden Boot: 1962 (4 goals, joint-winner)
FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1958, 1962
Best Player of the Brazilian Championship: 1962
Best Player of the Rio-São Paulo Tournament: 1962
Best Player of Interstate Club Champions Cup: 1962
Best player of the Carioca championship: 1957, 1961, 1962
World XI: 1962
Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame
World Team of the 20th Century.
FIFA world cup team of all time inductee.
L’Équipe’s top 50 South-American footballers in history: #4
IFFHS Brazilian Player of the 20th Century (2nd place)
IFFHS South American Player of the 20th Century (4th place)
IFFHS World Player of the 20th Century (8th place)
The Best of The Best – Player of the Century: Top 5
Ballon d’Or: 1962 – Le nouveau palmarès (the new winners)

Personal Life :

However, Garrincha lost control over his life as he spiraled into alcoholism. He killed his mother-in-law in a car crash in 1969, and separated from Soares in 1977 after attacking her in a drunken rage.
Penniless and stricken by liver cirrhosis, Garrincha died on January 20, 1983, after lapsing into an alcoholic coma. Despite his late-life troubles, thousands of fans came to view his body at Estádio do Maracanã and to pay their respects to the man who once inspired so much joy on the soccer pitch.
With Brazil named the host country of the 2014 World Cup, administrators set about repairing Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha in time for tournament matches. Renovated to hold more than 70,000 fans, the stadium had its official inauguration in May 2013.

He was one the players the world of football would never forget. Happy Birthday, Garrincha.