The Azzurri squad began the 1982 World Cup in Spain with doubts, with draws against Poland, Peru and Cameroon, getting through thanks to scoring one more goal than the Africans. However, in the second phase they woke up, and beat Argentina first and finally Brazil, who had been displaying brilliant football. And all thanks to the fact that he found the awakening of Paolo Rossi. The Italian striker arrived at the World Cup at the last minute, after two years without playing, a call that raised a lot of controversy due to his lack of form. However, against Brazil, he exploded, and his hat-trick allowed the Italian crush. He would finish as the top scorer in the World Cup.