Daniel Passarella Biography & Career Records | Only Argentina Footballer To Win Two FIFA World Cups

Daniel Passarella

Daniel Passarella

Date Of Birth: 25 May 1953

“The Great Captain” Daniel Passarella is the only Argentina footballer to win two FIFA World Cups. He is considered to be the greatest South American defender of all time.

Daniel Passarella got himself the title of “The Great Captain” after he drove Argentina to their first-ever world cup title. His leadership, passion, and his organizational prowess on the field made him an outstanding captain. Daniel Passarella was considered to be the most skillful center-back coming from South America.

He played in the sweeper / CB position and often join the attack in scoring goals. He was excellent in the air despite his medium height. Daniel Passarella scored more than 150 goals in his club career. He is only behind Ronald Koeman in a top-scoring defender list.

Despite his effort and skills, he never won the South American Player of the year. His best position was 4th came in 1978.

Daniel Passarella Personal Information

  • Nation: Argentina
  • Height:  173 cm
  • Position:  Advanced Sweeper/ Centre-Back
  • Career Duration: 1971-1989
  • Career Goals: 165
  • Major Club: River Plate, Fiorentina
  • International Caps: 70
  • International Goal: 22
  • World Cup Participation: 1978, 1982, 1986 – 12 Games

Club & Country Honours

  • Two Time FIFA World Cup Winners – 1978, 1986
  • 6 Times Argentina league Champion

Individual Awards

  • 1978 FIFA World Cup Best Defender
  • 1976 Argentina League Footballer Of The Year
  • 1978 Fifa Worldcup All star- Team
  • 3 Times South American Defender of The Year – 1978,1979,1980
  • 2015 Golden Foot Legends Award
  • Fiorentina All-time XI
  • IFFHS South America Men’s Team of All Time – 2021

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