Iconic World Cup players: Italy's 1982 goal scorer Paolo Rossi

Iconic World Cup players: Italy's 1982 goal scorer Paolo Rossi

Paolo Rossi won the Golden Boot in 1982 as Italy won the World Cup

Yep, there are only 20 days to go until the 2018 World Cup begins and talkSPORT.com is counting the days down by looking at iconic World Cup players.

Our list featuring Pele, Diego Maradona and Zinedine Zidane, looks at the greatest moments from the most iconic footballers – from great goal scorers and majestic defenders to sensational scoundrels and those who just didn’t know the rules.

20) Paolo Rossi: Italy, forward (1978 and 1982)

Stop us if you’ve heard any of this before. Three goals at Argentina ’78. Implication in match fixing scandal that rocked Italian football in 1980. Two-year ban. Back for the 1982 World Cup in Spain. Utterly dreadful in first group stage. Hat-trick from nowhere against Brazil. Two more against Poland in the semis. One in the final victory over West Germany. Golden Boot. Redemption.

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