Pele’s World Cup-winning teammates remember ‘player from another planet’

Gerson, who won the 1970 World Cup with Brazil alongside Pelé, told Reuters in an interview from his home in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, that playing with him was “knowing victory would come. The 81-year-old Gerson said, “He was the best, the king of football. Edson Arantes do Nascimento passed away, but Pele is eternal.” […]

Pele or Maradona? The debate on who was bigger will continue

Everyone took a side and the two heroes were not shy about expressing their feelings. Pele found Maradona disgusting and indecent, and Maradona thought Pele was marketable. In his kindest criticism, Maradona said, “As a player he was great…but he thinks politically.” Pele called the drug-addicted Argentine a ‘bad example’ and much more. Nevertheless, the […]

How Pele made football player Santos the greatest player in the world

provincial town Prior to Pelé’s arrival, Santos was an underdog, unlikely to compete with Brazil’s biggest clubs, having beaten European giants such as Real Madrid, Benfica and AC Milan. Coming from a provincial coastal city, they were overshadowed in the state of São Paulo by teams such as Corinthians, Palmeiras, Portuguesa and São Paulo. In […]