Ranking All 19 World Cup-Winning Sides

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Ranking All 19 World Cup-Winning Sides
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The World Cup. The most prestigious football tournament on the planet. Those who perform well on the biggest stage are immortalised for life, forever pored over and romanticised by those fascinated with the history of the game. It's said to be the ultimate test of a player's ability, and winning it most certainly the highlight of any career.

This summer in Brazil, 32 countries will attempt to become the 20th winners of the trophy, joining an illustrious list of great sides who have conquered world football, starting with Uruguay, the very first victors in 1930.

Historical comparisons in football are notoriously difficult to make. Players are now fitter and stronger, the game played at a much faster pace, with sports science and improved training regimens central to the advancements. It's impossible to say with any certainty, for example, just how well a player from the first World Cup in 1930 would fare at this summer's tournament, given the obvious developments which have taken place since.

However, in this special Bleacher Report list, we take a look at the 19 previous winners of the tournament and attempt to rank them on the quality of the players at their disposal, as well as the style and entertainment they provided.

Far less is known of the teams which played pre-World War Two, but here goes...

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