It only comes once every four years, which is maybe why it is one of the great moments in sport. When the winning captain hoists the FIFA World Cup™ Trophy skywards, time stands still for a second or two. And in truth, only the greatest of the great ever experience the elation of finishing top of the world in the planet's favourite sport.
The honour of lifting the most sought-after trophy the game has to offer most recently fell to Fabio Cannavaro, a beaming figure amidst a shower of golden confetti filling the Berlin night sky after the 2006 Final. Images of his immediate predecessors, Brazil skipper Cafu and French legend Didier Deschamps, also left an indelible impression around the globe.
All these team captains have one thing in common: the combination of footballing skill and charismatic leadership which enabled them to guide their nations to glory on the greatest stage of all. Naturally, the same applies equally to Brazilian ace Dunga at USA 1994, Germany’s Lothar Matthaus in Italy four years earlier, and Argentine legend Diego Maradona at the Mexico finals in 1986.
The FIFA World Cup has been contested 18 times so far – and there have been 18 winning captains, including the likes of Italian keeper Dino Zoff, Kaiser Franz Beckenbauer of Germany, and English lionheart Bobby Moore. As part of our popular ‘Have Your Say’ series here at FIFA.com, and within the topics covered and discussed in our Classic Football section, we want your thoughts and opinions on this question:
Who is the greatest FIFA World Cup winning captain of all time?
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