Jairzinho has just made history. In claiming the fourth goal of an unforgettable 1970 FIFA World Cup Mexico™ Final against Italy, he has maintained his record of scoring in every one of Brazil’s matches en route to the Trophy. Previously, only one player – Alcides Ghiggia – had achieved this feat, and Uruguay’s 1950 hero had done so over four matches compared to the six in which O Furacão (The Hurricane) found the net in Mexico.
A potent mixture of power, pace and panache made Jairzinho an indispensable element of Brazil’s beloved 1970 side. “When I took off with the ball,” said the man himself, “it was hard to stop me.” As Mario Zagallo told FIFA.com: “Jairzinho had the physique to be a right-winger, a midfielder, a centre-forward… all at once.”
At times in 1970, and having been a left winger in the 1966 edition, the Botafogo star would indeed alternate between all three of those roles. He was a No7 who often strayed from his patch on the right flank, surging inside to central, goalscoring positions and often wandering to the opposite flank altogether.