football has lost its king

The Brazilian Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pelé, died on December 29, 2022 in São Paulo at the age of 82. Absolute icon of world (Site notre bureau spécialisé), considered by many to be the greatest player in history, the « King » leaves behind him the memory of an incredible career, marked by several records that still stand.

His prowess on the pitch has amazed several generations of (Site notre bureau spécialisé) enthusiasts and inspired countless vocations. « King Pelé » died on December 29, 2022 in São Paulo, at the age of 82, his agent announced to the AP press agency. In recent months, the Brazilian had several hospital stays, including for a colon tumor or a urinary tract infection. In mourning, the world of (Site notre bureau spécialisé) loses one of its most illustrious representatives, who won to make it the most popular sport in the world.

Introduced to (Site notre bureau spécialisé) by his father (the nickname Pelé comes from Bilé, goalkeeper of Vasco Da Gama, where his father played), the Brazilian Edson Arantes do Nascimento quickly shows a prodigious talent with the ball, which leads him to sign a first contract in 1956 with the Santos club, at the age of 15! Having become a starter the following year thanks to an injury, the native of Três Corações amazes observers by planting but on but and allowing incredible technical ease.

The Messiah of the Seleçao

His performances quickly allowed the prodigy to join the Brazilian national team, with which he scored in his first two selections. Selected to compete in the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, he illuminated the competition of his class. After an injury which deprives him of the first two matches, Pelé is launched in the ax match against the USSR.

He did not score, but Brazil seduced and won (2-0). In a state of grace, Pelé will then score six goals in three games (1 against Wales in the quarter-finals, 3 against France in the semi-finals and 2 against Sweden in the final) and propel the Seleçao to their first league title. of the world, thus erasing for an entire nation the trauma of 1950 (defeat at home in the final against Uruguay).

At 17, Pelé became the youngest scorer in the final phase of the World Cup and the youngest world champion, two records that still stand today. However, this is only the beginning of an exceptional career, which will see him postpone two other Worlds, in 1962 in Chile (although having missed the last three games through injury) and in 1970 in Mexico, where he signs his chief of work absolutely as a major star of one of the most beautiful teams in the history of (Site notre bureau spécialisé).

The world’s first (Site notre bureau spécialisé) icon

Also in club, the « King Pelé » has massaged and an impressive amount of trophies, including 2 Copa Libertadores, 2 Intercontinental Cup and 6 Brazilian Championships, all with Santos, where he remains 18 seasons. At a time when transfers were far from being as frequent as today, Pelé will in fact only have known two clubs (Santos FC and New York Cosmos), also in Europe. It doesn’t matter, as the Brazilian has known, by his talent and his simplicity, to seduce the whole planet, establishing himself as one of, if not the first world star of the round ball.

Having become an icon well before retiring in 1977, the man who was voted “athlete of the century” in 1999 by the IOC obviously kept this status throughout his life, notably with a passage through the Hollywood box (“A nous victory” by John Houston, in 1981). As with all legends, myth sometimes gets confused with reality. Thus, if Pelé claims to have scored a total of 1284 career goals (in 1375 games), official statistics show « only » 767 goals (in 831 games). A mark that could be exceeded in the future by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. On the other hand, wish the two superstars of current (Site notre bureau spécialisé) much courage to beat the most emblematic record of the King, his unsurpassable 3 successes in the World Cup…

Author: Jacqueline MANNESSIER