He was born in 1933 and he died in 1983. He was a Brazilian footballer Known in the football world by the nickname of Garrincha, he became, along with Pele, one of the most beloved players of the Brazilian fans. “Garrincha” was the nickname that his brothers gave him for his similarity to a bird that lives in the jungles of Mato Grosso, Brazil, highlighted, like the bird, for his tremendous speed and his unattractive appearance.In the 1962 World Cup in Chile, he won the second world title of the four that adds the Brazilian team leader among champions. In the World Cup in England in 1966, he failed to score the expected third title. The defeat in the first knockout round and post a meniscus injury, from which he never recovered, transformed him into a reclusive and undisciplined being and led him to drink. Hence its accelerated decline was only a short way: in a very short time, he passed several smaller teams such as: Portuguesa, Atletico Juniors de Barranquilla, etc. until he saturated in the Flamengo of Rio de Janeiro in 1970, where practically he ended with his football career.It is important to say that although doctors told him that he could not play soccer due to the abnormality in his legs and spine, he overcame these obstacles. The player who had overcome physical limitations demonstrating an incredible athletic prowess, was lost in a riotous life and riddled with vices. Unfortunately, his end was tragic. The official forgetfulness, carelessness, his nonchalance and weaknesses overcame him. Mané was the victim of alcohol that completely destroyed his liver and cardiovascular system.
He married three times and had a total of thirteen children. One of his wives was the famous Brazilian singer, Elza Soares, with whom he had a daughter. Mané Garrincha lived the last years of his life in the village of Bangu, in an area of favelas.