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The Best No. 1s In World Cup History

The Best No. 1s In 2018 FIFA World Cup History

By Kurt Buckerfield - Jun 13, 2018 10:29 AM @KurtLaduma

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is now just one day away, and as part of our countdown, we looked at the best No. 1s in the tournament's history, including two legendary Brazilians!

Tired of reading? Click through the gallery above to see some of the best No. 1s to have played in the showpiece.

Although Brazil legend Claudio Taffarel did not have the most high-profile club career, he is heavily considered as one of the greatest Selecao goalkeepers of all time. The shot-stopper made 105 appearances for his country, and was in goal when Brazil won the 1994 World Cup.

One of his successors in goals, Dida, also celebrated an incredible career for Brazil, and also wore the No. 1 jersey for his nation at the biggest football tournament in the world.

The former AC Milan goalkeeper was capped 92 times for the Selecao, and tasted World Cup success with the Brazilians in 2002, while he was also a part of three Brazil squads that went to the tournament.

England goalkeeper Gordon Banks is another World Cup winner, one who represented the Three Lions when they won the tournament in 1966. Banks' most memorable moment in an England shirt arguably came in the 1970 World Cup, though, when he pulled off what many believe to be one of the greatest saves of all time.

Brazil legend Pele got on to the end of a ball into the box at the far post, heading it into the ground and seemingly past Banks, only for the Englishmen to acrobatically dive backwards and tip the ball over the bar.

The Best No. 2s In World Cup History

Gianluigi Buffon, who won the World Cup with Italy in 2006, is also one of the tournament's legendary No. 1s, as is Spain's Iker Casillas, who lifted the trophy in South Africa in 2010. Mexico icon Jorge Campos also features in our gallery.

Who do you think was the greatest player to have worn the No. 1 shirt at the World Cup? Have your say in the comments section below.


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