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Robbie Savage’s Top 5 World Cup Moments

A proud Welshman, Robbie Savage represented his country 39 times over the course of his career, before progressing to become a hugely respected pundit, renowned for his honest opinions.

So, when we spoke to him to discover his top 5 World Cup moments, it was no surprise to see a mention of the great Welsh striker John Charles and his side's run to the 1958 World Cup quarter-final.

Read on to discover his choices and the stories behind them, including the most violent world cup match ever, a horror challenge, and a moment of pure emotion.

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The Battle of Santiago, 1962

"I watched the battle of Santiago, Chile v Italy, when they were kicking lumps out of each other. I watched that recently and it was incredible to watch - the game was nearly abandoned. Some of the tackles there were ridiculous, that sticks out in my head."

Wales 0-1 Brazil, 1958

"Obviously John Charles' Wales losing against Brazil in the quarter-final. Could they ever do it again? They're a one-man team - yes, they've got Ramsay, but without Gareth Bale...Gareth Bale's got to be fit. If he's fit, anything's possible. Could we qualify? Well, we had Ryan Giggs and never qualified, so it's gonna be very, very difficult, but if they ever were to qualify, they'd need Gareth Bale to be fit."

Schumacher's Challenge on Battiston in 1982

"It's gotta be Schumacher on Battiston because I was in the south of France, with my mum and dad in a camp, and I remember going to the local place to watch that game. Was it the worst foul ever? In 1962 there was a foul worse than that! When the guy did a kung fu kick into the guy's head! An awful foul, awful foul, and it was only a goal kick given."

Gazza's Skills Against Holland, 1990

"Gotta be Gazza, in the 1990 World Cup, against Holland, when he did those Cruyff turns. That was the moment when I think everybody thought, 'wow', look at this guy. He was incredible."

Gazza's Tears, 1990

"It's Gazza again when Gary Lineker said 'have a word' to Bobby Robson; it showed just how much it meant to Gazza to play for his country."

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