Can you name these FIVE World Cup winners?

The German winger who flopped at Chelsea, a Ballon d’Or runner-up that struggled for game-time with Italy and a full-back who ended up playing in India… can you name these FIVE World Cup winners?

  • There have been plenty of players to lift football’s most historic trophy 
  • But not all World Cup winners will be immediately recognisable to fans  
  • Here, Sportsmail challenges you to name these five forgotten World Cup stars 

Although the Qatar World Cup only ended two months ago, it feels like years since we watched Lionel Messi parade around the Lusail Stadium with the trophy.

The Argentina superstar – and his national team-mates – became the latest crop of players to be inducted into a very special selection of athletes to have won a World Cup.

There’s been a strange variety of players over the years to have lifted the incredible accolade, from the likes of Per Mertesacker to Ronaldo Nazario.

Here, Sportsmail challenges you to name five other players who have won the trophy – but it may be struggle to spot them all straight away!

Lionel Messi and the Argentina squad ended a 36-year wait to win the World Cup trophy

First up is an interesting one. Many football fans will be familiar with this Italian defender, who spent his entire 20-year-long career playing for AC Milan. 

The centre-back was known as one of the best players of his generation to play in that position and it was reflected when he was Ballon d’Or runner up in 1989.

His career accolades are nothing short of impressive after a club career with Milan that saw him win six Serie A titles and three Champions League titles.

This former AC Milan defender won a World Cup for Italy without playing a match

In total, he won 20 trophies during his career – but his World Cup winners medal doesn’t quite reflect the role he played in Italy’s 1982 triumph. 

The defender had fallen out with national team coach Enzo Bearzot and, as a result, meant that he was left on the bench throughout the tournament in Spain.

He featured much more regularly for Italy further down the line and started for them in the 1994 World Cup final – playing the full 120 minutes before Brazil beat the Azzurri on penalties.

This player would go on to pick up 81 caps for his country and finished with 719 appearances – all for AC Milan. 

Franco Baresi 

Franco Baresi was not first choice when Italy won the 1982 World Cup but went on to pick up 81 caps for his country 

The next player is a Brazilian who made a name for himself for his tricky dribbling and blistering pace, making him a regular feature of the Brazil squad.

However, despite his talent, that didn’t stop the forward from having a limited impact in Brazil’s 2002 World Cup triumph.

A Real Betis legend, the player made five appearances for Luis Felipe Scolari’s national team in the tournament, however they all came from the substitutes bench. 

This Brazilian journeyman played for Real Betis and Sao Paulo retired in 2010 before announcing his return to the game aged 44

The forward was given just one minute’s worth of action during the final against Germany but will still look back on the final with fond memories with the treasured winners’ medal in his cabinet.

He would go on to make 61 appearances for his country, scoring eight times. 

At one point he was the world’s most expensive player after joining Betis from Sao Paulo for £21.5m in 1998. 

After turning out for Sao Paulo, Betis, Flamengo, Bordeaux, Al Nassr, FC Dallas, Palmeiras and then later Brazilian side Itumbiara, Vietnamese outfit Hai Phong and Greek club Kavala, he then retired in 2010.

After 13 years of peaceful retirement, he then recently stunned fans by announcing that he would be making an incredible return to the game at the age of 44 last year.

He signed a short term deal to play for Brazilian lower league club Ibis Sport Club.  


Denilson played just one minute of Brazil’s 2002 World Cup final win over Germany

One for the younger fans. This player will be best known in England for his two-year spell at west London side Chelsea.

The winger never quite hit the heights that had been expected of him at Stamford Bridge but that didn’t stop the German from making his mark on the international scene. 

He was included in the Germany team that eventually triumphed in 2014 after victory over Argentina in the final.

Not many will remember, but the Chelsea winger actually got the crucial match-winning assist after setting-up Mario Gotze in extra-time. 

This former Germany star retired at the age of 29 and recently hiked up a mountain topless

He started his career with German side Mainz and then went on to star for Bayer Leverkusen between 2011 and 2013 – which is where he started gaining attention form top clubs in Europe. 

After netting 14 goals for Leverkusen in 2012-13, the Blues came calling and wrapped up an £18m deal. He would play just 65 times for the club – winning the Premier League in his second season – but after struggling to nail down regular football he returned to Germany with Wolfsburg.

Then came spells at Borussia Dortmund and then two loans at Fulham and Spartak Moscow before he announced his shock retirement at the age of just 29 in 2020. 

Recently he showed fans what he had been up to post-retirement as he revealed he had challenged himself to the Iceman Challenge, which involved him walking up a mountain topless in below freezing temperatures. 

Andre Schurrle 

Former Chelsea winger Andre Schurrle provided the crucial match-winning assist for Germany as they beat Argentina in the 2014 final

This player was a top full-back back in his day – even though he never managed to sign for a recognised top club. 

The former Spain international spent the majority of his career with Deportivo la Coruna and Villarreal before shorter stints Benfica, Espanyol and Indian Super League side NorthEast United FC.

Throughout all of that, he was a mainstay within the Spanish national team and helped play a huge role in their World Cup success in 2010 at left-back. 

This ex-World Cup winner with Spain was a reliable left back but never played for a top side

The full-back played every single minute of their run and was the only player not from Real Madrid or Barcelona to start in the final. 

He would go on to pick up 60 caps for his country, even though he only featured a handful more times for Spain after that famous 1-0 win against Holland

The player started his career with Spain side Tarrega before moving to Espanyol and then briefly Atletico Madrid.

He later played 247 times for Deportivo and made 184 outings for Villarreal and then spent one season at Benfica – before returning to LaLiga for two campaigns at Espanyol.

As his career began dwindling down, he spent one year in India with NorthEast and then played at Lierse in the Belgian Pro League before his final stint at Andorran outfit Santa Coloma.

He retired in 2017 having won six trophies – including the Copa Del Rey with Deportivo, the Taca da Liga with Benfica and the World Cup and Euros with Spain. 

Joan Capdevila  

Joan Capdevila played every minute of Spain’s World Cup run during the 2010 tournament

Another blast from the past. For those who witnessed the 2006 World Cup, you probably will remember this iconic midfielder.

The former Juventus winger caused controversy after choosing not to sign the Italian national anthem prior to matches, purely because he didn’t know the words.

The player was born in Argentina but claimed that he always ‘defended the colours of Italy’.

He started on the right wing in the 2006 World Cup final win over France, which Italy won on penalties, playing 86 minutes before being subbed off for Alessandro del Piero. 

This ex-winger (R) was born in Argentina but pledged his allegiance to the Italy national side

After the Azzurri defeated France in the 2006 World Cup final, he could be seen chopping off the hair of his team-mate Massimo Oddo – another testament to his wild nature.

At club level, he is mainly known for turning out for Juventus having started his career in Argentina with a lcub called Aldosivi. 

He then played for local sides Santos Laguna, Wanderers and Banfield before moving to Mexican side Cruz Azil in a slow start to his glittering career.

His big break came when he transferred to Verona in 2000 before quickly perking up the attention of Juve, who signed him up and ended up being the place where he cemented his footballing legacy. 

He would feature 224 times for Juventus, scoring 27 times and winning LaLiga once in 2002-03, as well as the Super Cup twice. He even stayed with the club after their match-fixing scandal in 2006 that saw them relegated to the second tier. 

The player helped win the Serie B title and instant promotion back to Serie A, playing for them for another three seasons before joining Stuttgart. He then rounded off his career with Argentinian side Lanus. 

Mauro Camoranesi  

Juventus star Mauro Camoranesi made 55 appearances for Italy before retiring in 2010

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