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Teófilo Cubillas

Teofilo Cubillas
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Full nameTeófilo Juan Cubillas Arizaga
Playing positionMidfielder

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Teófilo Juan Cubillas Arizaga (born 8 March 1949) is a Peruvian former footballer. He was selected as Peru's greatest ever player in an IFFHS poll, in which he was also included in the world's Top 50. He is one of only two players to have scored five goals in two different FIFA World Cups; the other is Germany's Miroslav Klose.

Nicknamed 'El Nene' (The Kid), he was part of the Peru national team that won the 1975 Copa América. He helped Peru reach the quarter finals at the 1970 FIFA World Cup and again at the 1978 World Cup and was elected the South American Footballer of the Year in 1972.

Cubillas was a midfielder of excellent technical ability, with a powerful shot and great dribbling. He was a prolific goalscorer (with 515 goals in his career), and his 10 World Cup goals place him in seventh place in the ranking of the World Cup all-time scorers, and is the most by any midfielder in the World Cup. He is the all-time leading scorer for his country, with 26 goals in 81 matches.In 2004 Pelé selected Cubillas as one of the FIFA 100, a list of 125 footballing greats. In February 2008, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Brazilian World Cup victory, he was selected in the All-Star First Team of South America of the past 50 years.


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