Marques Ademir, Brazil
Ademir Marques de Menezes, better known as Ademir, was born November 8, 1922 (died May 11, 1996) and was regarded as one of Brazil's best ver strikers. His lighting speed and deft ball juggling wreaked havoc in any but the best-prepared defences. The earned the nickname Queixada (meaning jaw in Portuguese) through his prominent jawbone.
Ademir began his career playing for Sport Recife before settling with Vasco da Gama in 1942. He played for Vasco until 1956 with a break from 1945 to 1948 when he moved to Fluminense for three seasons. He scored a whacking total of 301 goals for Vasco in 429 appearances and won five Rio State League championships - 1945, 1949, 1950, 1952, and 1956. He also won the Rio State League with Fluminense in 1946 and was the league's top scorer in 1949 (30 goals) and again in 1950 (25 goals).
Ademir was also very big on the international stage, where he played in the Copa America tournament in 1945, 1946, 1949, and 1953 - he scored a hat-trick in the final against Paraguay in the 1949 Copa. He also helped Brazil win the Pan American Tournament in 1952 and scored a total of 32 goals in 39 games for his country.
World Cup history
Out of his goal-frenzied career, Marques Ademir is best known for his contribution during the 1950 World Cup, where, although Brazil never one, he went on to become the top goal scorer with seven goals. This figure is still disputed today, however, with some sources recording his tally as nine goals. Brazil lost out to Uruguay in the 1950 World Cup, a match which is remembered as the Maracanazo.
Post playing career
Ademir hung up his boots in 1956 after a glittering career and went on to work as a commentator and coach.