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📊📊There were nine passes in the build up to Carlos Alberto Torres’ goal against Italy in the 1970 World Cup final – this remains the most in the build-up to a goal in a World Cup final since 1966.

📊📊Brazil’s Jairzinho completed 47 dribbles at the 1970 World Cup – since 1966, only Diego Maradona (53 in 1986) has completed more in a single tournament.

📊📊Pelé provided six assists for Brazil at the World Cup in 1970 – the most by a player in a single tournament since 1966: 6 – Pele in 1970 5 – Diego Maradona in 1986 5 – Thomas Häßler in 1994 5 – Pierre Littbarski in 1982 5 – Robert Gadocha in 1974

📊📊Jairzinho scored in all six of Brazil’s World Cup games in 1970 – no player has ever scored in more different games at a single World Cup tournament.

📊📊Pelé scored his 12th and last World Cup goal in the 1970 final against Italy. He was the second player to score in two different World Cup final matches (also 1958), after compatriot Vavá in 1958 and 1962.

📊📊On June 3rd, Pelé and Uwe Seeler became the first players to score in four different editions of the World Cup (1958, 1962, 1966 and 1970). This is something only achieved by two other players since (Miroslav Klose and Cristiano Ronaldo).

📊📊Brazil’s 4-1 win against Italy in 1970 remains the joint-highest margin of victory in a World Cup final, along with Brazil v Sweden in 1958 (5-2) and France v Brazil in 1998 (3-0).

📊📊Gerd Müller scored the only two hat-tricks at the 1970 World Cup (v Bulgaria and Peru) – he is one of only three players to net two hat-tricks in a single edition, after Hungary’s Sándor Kocsis in 1954 and France’s Just Fontaine in 1958.

📊📊Germany’s Gerd Müller was the top scorer at the 1970 World Cup with 10 goals. Only three players have netted 10+ goals in a single World Cup edition – also Hungary’s Sándor Kocsis in 1954 (11) and France’s Just Fontaine in 1958 (13).

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