Rank 31, WorldCupStory Club Index 15,000
Santos World Cup XI Dream Team
Santos is a club based in the Sao Paolo area, and is synonymous with Pele. When you consider that he scored 1,091 goals for Santos in 1,106 games this is perhaps not surprising. Whilst the Santos World Cup dream team may not match the all-round strength of dream teams from the other Brazilian clubs, there are a handful of great names from Brazil’s glory years in here.
In goal is double World Cup winner, Gilmar, who was at Santos for the 1962 tournament in Chile. The back four contains World Cup winning captains, Carlos Alberto from 1970 and Mauro from 1962, as well as 1974 centre back and skipper Marinho Peres and 1966 left back, Orlando.
1970 winner Clodoaldo (remember his mazy dribble in the build-up to the Carlos Alberto goal in the final) and Zito, from the triumphant 1958 and 1962 sides, anchor midfield along with Lima from 1966, with 1970 squad member, Edu, on the left flank.
In attack Robinho joins the inevitable Pele, whose 1,260 minutes and 12 goals put him in a different league to the rest of this Santos team.
The side clearly has some pedigree but is very dependent on one man, and with cynical defences snapping at heels, Pele would indeed be very much a marked man in this dream team.