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Leônidas da Silva

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Full nameLeônidas da Silva
Date of birth6 September 1913
Place of birthRio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date of death24 January 2004(age 90)
Place of deathCotia, São Paulo, Brazil
Playing positionCentre forward

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Leônidas da Silva (-ptleˈõnidɐz dɐ ˈsiwvɐ; born Rio de Janeiro, 6 September 1913 died, Cotia, January 24, 2004) was an association footballer and commentator. He is regarded to be one of the most important players of the first half of the 20th century. He played for Brazil in two World Cups, and was the top scorer of the 1938 World Cup.

He was known as the "Black Diamond", and as the "Rubber Man" due to his elasticity. He is known for having created the bicycle kick.

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