Mario Kempes shines with exceptional brightness in the star-studded soccer firmament of Argentina. His father encouraged the talented youngster to begin playing at the age of 9 years. Who would have imagined this youngster would attain glorious heights at the peak of his career through his remarkable goal scoring skills on the soccer field.
The World Cup 1978 at Argentina witnessed the magnificent class of Kempes. The first-round wins against Hungary as well as France took the hosts to the next stage of the event despite losing to Italy. Kempes disappointed in this stage by failing to score even a single goal.
In the next round, Kempes scored a double to help Argentina defeat Poland. After that they drew against Brazil. Then came a two-goal performance from the ace sharpshooter that resulted in a 6-0 win over Peru. This made sure that the Albiceleste were first in the Group B to qualify for the final versus the Netherlands.
June 25, 1978 remains a memorable date among the numerous Argentineans. Argentina triumphed at the final versus Netherlands with scoreboard reading 3-1. Kempes performed superbly scoring two goals for his team. The first one came during the 38th minute in first half. The second one came through his typically strong and gutsy runs during the 15th minute of the extra time.
Kempes remarked, “Winning the World Cup was just what the long-suffering people of Argentina needed – it brought joy into their lives.”
He was the second-ever player from Argentina to become the leading goal scorer at a World Cup. The first one to accomplish this feat from Argentina was Guillermo Stabile. Kempes was the leading goal scorer at the tournament scoring six goals. He was also chosen as the Player of the Tournament. This was a marvelous display coming from a talented player who captured the hearts of numerous fans all across the world.