HomeFOOTBALL

The four players with the most World Cup finals

ANDWe are less than a week away from the start of Qatar 2022. In this Vanguardia special on the biggest party in world football, we review the on


ANDWe are less than a week away from the start of Qatar 2022. In this Vanguardia special on the biggest party in world football, we review the only four players who have had the privilege of playing more World Cup finals, in history.

At the top of the list is the Brazilian defender, Cafu (Marcos Evangelista de Moraes), the player who has played the most finals: a total of three.

Of these finals, the defender of the Brazilian National Team won two. The first was in 1994 against Italy, where ‘La ‘Canarinha’ lost 3-2 on penalties. The second was in Korea and Japan 2002, where the team won 2-0 against Germany, with two goals from Ronaldo Nazario, to add their fifth title.

In addition, he was the captain who lifted the World Cup in 2002 and played yet another edition of the tournament in Germany 2006, but the Brazilians were eliminated in the quarterfinals.

Precisely Ronaldo Nazario is also within the count. He played three definitions in a row and holds that record.

Nazario was international with the Maximum Brazilian Soccer Team 98 times, scoring a total of 62 goals, a mark only surpassed by Pelé, and after his retirement, by Neymar. He also managed to become the top scorer in the Soccer World Cup by reaching 15 goals in the 2006 World Cup, beating Gerd Müller who had 14 goals.

On the other hand, there is the German Lothar Herbert Matthäus, who also played in five World Cups (1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998) and shares the record for the greatest number of participations in different editions of the World Cup, along with the Mexicans. Rafael Marquez and Antonio Carbajal.

His compatriot Pierre Littbarski closes the “gold” quartet in the list of those who have played the most finals in World Cups.

Littbarski, who played as an attacking midfielder, played for the German National Team on occasions, scoring 18 goals.

He participated in three World Cups. The first was Spain 1982, where he scored two goals against the host and in the match against France. He was a figure of said contest with only 22 years, thanks to his speed. That year he managed to be runner-up in the world against Italy and four years later, in Italy 1990, he managed to lift the World Cup, which closed the triple championship of Germany, a team that played the final against Argentina.