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7 World Cup Winners Who Have Starred In SA's Top Flight

It seems impossible today, but back in the 1970s, a few FIFA World Cup winners played in South Africa, including Brazil legend Jairzinho, who ran out for Kaizer Chiefs.

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The 1970 FIFA World Cup winner joined Amakhosi on a short-term contract as a guest star in 1975, and recently recalled his experience in Soccer Laduma.

"I was invited by (Ewert Nene) to play two matches in Africa, as he knew that I was part of the Brazilian team that won the 1970 World Cup. Although I can't remember the details of any of my games," Jairzinho explained in an exclusive interview.

"What I can say is I have wonderful memories of my time in South Africa. The atmosphere in the stadium was fantastic. When I walked on to the field, it was beautiful watching all the supporters that had come and were applauding me.

"The Chiefs fans and the club were very hospitable towards me. I had a great reception! There was a big crowd at the airport upon my arrival and I was treated like a king!"

But Jairzinho, who scored in every game of Brazil's World Cup-winning campaign in 1970, was not the only former world champion to ply his trade in SA. As many as six stars from England's 1966 FIFA World Cup-winning heroes also played here in the 1970s.

Click through the gallery to see the seven World Cup winners who played in South Africa!

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