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9 Players You Forgot Won A World Cup

With the international break set to bring us important qualifying matches for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, here are nine players you may have forgotten got their hands on the famous gold trophy!

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Superstars such as Ronaldinho, Ronaldo Nazario and Rivaldo unsurprisingly stole all the headlines for their roles in Brazil's 2002 World Cup win, but one of the lesser-discussed key players of that tournament for the Selecao was Gilberto Silva.

The defensive midfielder, who was still on Atletico Mineiro's books at the time, had represented his country on just six occasions leading up to that World Cup, but played every single minute of the competition.

Although most of his performances for Brazil went under the radar, Silva's mature displays caught the eye of then-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who lured the player to England, where he spent the next six years of his career.

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By the time he left the Gunners in 2008, the midfielder had made 243 appearances for the London club, and was a key member of their famous "Invincibles" squad in the 2003/04 season.

Also in that Brazil squad was the legendary Kaka, who was only 20 years old when he was chosen to be a part of Luiz Felipe Scolari's selection for the tournament. The playmaker made just one appearance at the showpiece, playing 18 minutes in his country's 5-2 win over Costa Rica in the group stage.

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Kaka was an unused substitute for the rest of that World Cup, but later became one of the Selecao's most important players, playing at both the 2006 edition in Germany and at the 2010 tournament in South Africa.

 

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