All about Brazil legend Pele
Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pelé, is now a Brazilian retired forward. Today, he remains to be regarded by many as ‘the greatest footballer of all time’.
Pele featured in 1958, 1962, 1966, and 1970. In 1958, the skinny Pele scored six goals, including two in the final when Brazil beat Sweden 5-2. By 1962, Pele was regarded as the world’s best player, and went on to be named once again in 1966. In the match of ‘62, Pele was injured early in the competition, and in ‘66 he was so brutally fouled that he claimed it was his last World Cup. But, as we know it really wasn’t. He went on to win the cup with Brazil in 1970 capturing everyone’s hearts.
Pele has many iconic moments, including; the header in the final against Italy (Brazils 100th World Cup goal), an audacious lob from inside his own half versus the Czechs, dummying the Uruguay keeper before shooting agonisingly wide, cradling Bobby Moores handsome face.
“(Pele) has more than a thousand goals which is difficult to achieve. He was part of great teams but he was also the best player in great teams,” says Belgium Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany.
Pele remains to be the only player to have won three World Cups to date and it is difficult to compare players today with the World Cup legend.
“I think you can always have the debate, Maradona, you add Messi to it now,” Kompany said, adding; “They won’t be far off each other,” said Kompany, referring to the two past and present Argentine players. But, Pele truly is the greatest player of all time.