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Sports Gambling - Stars Shine Brightest on World Cup Stage

Sports gambling preparations are at a fever pitch for the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament that will begin on June 11 with a full month of action to follow.

Sports gambling handicappers looking for an angle to help them succeed with their online sports gambling selections could well look to the teams with the biggest names.

World Cup betting success has often come down to the teams with the biggest stars in the game.  As the saying goes “the cream always rises to the top” and that has certainly been the case in World Cup soccer action through the years.

There has never been a bigger name in all of sports gambling than Pele, the superstar of superstars from Brazil and a man world renowned and known even by those who don’t follow soccer.

Pele is the only player ever to win three World Cup titles as he led Brazil to championships in 1958, 1962, and 1970.  Pele was the youngest player to win a World Cup as he scored two goals in the 1958 World Cup Final against Sweden!

Diego Maradona is another huge name that is synonymous with World Cup odds winning.  Maradona was the Golden Ball winner in 1986 when he led Argentina to the World Cup title.

Maradona made his legend permanent in 1986 when he scored two goals in the quarterfinal win over England, including what was known as the “Goal of the Century” when he danced around six English players for a goal.  Maradona will again be involved in World Cup action this year as the coach of Argentina.

Another sports gambling legend from another World Cup traditional power is Franz Beckenbauer of Germany who is the only man in history to win the World Cup as a team captain (1974) and a coach (1990).

Another star of Brazil that has been a legend is Ronaldo.  He is a two time world cup champion from 1994 and 2002 and has scored the most goals in World Cup history with 15.

Had he not suffered a seizure in 1998 the night before Brazil played France he may have won a third title.  Players such as Ronaldo have made Brazil a popular choice to make a World Cup football bet with.