I scored a goal in the World Cup final

What do a bathroom salesman, a vintner and a retired insurance specialist have in common?

Carlos Alberto (Brazil, 1970, 86'). Photographed at the Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro
Carlos Alberto (Brazil, 1970, 86′). Photographed at the Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro

They’re all among the handful of people in the world to have scored a goal in the Football World Cup final.

Since Uruguay beat Argentina 4-2 in the first World Cup final in 1930, just 58 people have scored in the final. Of these, 34 are still alive and kicking.

Gerd Müller (West Germany, 1974, 43')
Gerd Müller (West Germany, 1974, 43′)

As kick-off for the 2014 Brazil World Cup approaches, photographer Michael Donald took it upon himself to track down all these surviving scorers for a photography project.

The result is a collection of photographs and interviews, which are going on show at London’s Proud Archivist gallery.

Mário Zagallo (Brazil, 1958, 68')
Mário Zagallo (Brazil, 1958, 68′)

Subjects include Dick Nanninga (The Netherlands, 1978, 82’), who later became a bathroom salesman; vintner Paolo Rossi (Italy, 1982, 57’); and England’s own Martin Peters (England, 1966, 78’), now a retired insurance salesman.

The list also includes more contemporary footballing heroes such as double-scorer Ronaldo (Brazil, 2002, 67’, 79’) and Andrés Iniesta (Spain, 2010, 116’).

Martin Peters (England, 1966, 78')
Martin Peters (England, 1966, 78′)

Some are photographed portrait-style while others, including Paul Breitner (West Germany, 1974, 25’) are photographed at the scene of their triumph.

Paul Breitner (West Germany, 1974, 25'). Photographed at the Olympiastadion, Munich
Paul Breitner (West Germany, 1974, 25′). Photographed at the Olympiastadion, Munich

The list of footballing heroes is long, but as the gallery notes ‘it does not include Cruyff, Maradona, Beckham or Messi – this is not some debatable pantheon, you’re either in or you’re out’.

Wolfgang Weber (West Germany, 1966, 89')
Wolfgang Weber (West Germany, 1966, 89′)

I Scored a Goal in the World Cup Final is at Proud Archivist, 2-10 Hertford Road, London N1, until 13 July.

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