World Cup Player by Player is a comprehensive collection of the 100 greatest footballers to have played at the World Cup finals. From the pre-war aces like Guillermo Stábile and Giuseppe Meazza to the golden generation of Brazilians such as Pelé, Carlos Alberto and Jairzinho, this book also includes entries for the most gifted players of the 1970s and ’80s: Johan Cruyff, Diego Maradona, Gary Lineker and Gheorghe Hagi. Current stars like the mercurial Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are also featured, as are the finest English players from the World Cup-winning side of 1966: Moore, Charlton, Hurst and Banks. Thousands of gifted footballers have graced the finals themselves but only those with the talents of Beckenbauer, Gascoigne, Zidane, Gerrard, Zico, Platini, Kaká, Kempes, Maldini, Puskás, Eusébio, Bergkamp and Baggio make it into the top 100. Author Liam McCann, former sports journalist with the Daily Telegraph, provides detailed information and fascinating statistics about the player’s career and their impact on the World Cup.