||11 Nov 1913
1938 - 7 goals
Leonidas da Silva was top scorer in the 1938 World Cup with 7 goals, including
a hat-trick in the remarkable 6-5 win over Poland. For the semifinal against Italy, manager
Ademar Pimenta rested him. It was an over-confident move and the Italians
won 2-1. Despite his size, Leonidas, capped 23 times, was one of the most
outstanding pre-war centre-forwards and famed for his bicycle-kick.
Born in 1913, he was known as the "Black Diamond" or the "Rubber Man".
He began his career with local Rio teams, before joining Peñarol
of Uruguay in 1933, a year after scoring two goals on his international
debut against Uruguay. He returned to Brazil after a year and helped Vasco
Da Gama to the Rio Championship. After appearing in the 1934 World Cup,
he was a key member of the Botafogo team which won the 1935 Rio title.
The following year he signed for Flamengo, where he stayed until 1942.
He then spent eight years at São Paolo before retiring in 1950.
He returned to São Paolo as manager in 1953, before becoming a radio
reporter and later the proprietor of a furniture store in São Paolo.
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