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ESPN Deportes’ Mario Kempes celebrates 40th anniversary of his World Cup heroics

Golden Ball, Golden Boot winner relives leading Argentina to ultimate soccer glory on June 25, 1978

On Sunday, June 25, 1978, Mario “El Matador” Kempes turned in one of the most magical performances in a World Cup final at El Monumental in Buenos Aires.

The then-23-year-old midfielder led the Argentina National Team to its first World Cup title, scoring two goals in a 3-1 final match victory against Netherlands. Kempes finished the tournament as the leading scorer with six goals – winning the Golden Ball (best player) and Golden Boot (top scorer) awards.

In the video above, ESPN Deportes soccer analyst Kempes, who is part of ESPN’s industry-leading global news and information coverage of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, shares his thoughts on the historic World Cup performance forty years to the day.

Marcelo Bousquet, Arantxa Fetta and Dani Moreno produced the video.

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