Blast from the past – Pele The Greatest

November 5, 2009 | Filed Under: Blog, UK Box Update 
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pele a legend From one  great to another Edson Arantes do Nascimento, the Brazilian genius known throughout the football world as Pele. His famous words “I was born for soccer, just as Beethoven was born for music.”  fitting words from the best ever footballer to shine the beautiful game.

A veteran of four World Cups, scorer of 1,283 first-class goals – 12 of them in World Cup final tournaments – a member of those magical Brazilian squads that won soccer’s greatest prize in 1958, 1962 and 1970.

But just as a collection of notes do not make a Beethoven symphony, statistics cannot capture the majesty of those glorious Brazilian sides. This was football played to a samba beat. Beautiful skills, astonishing speed and ball control – and of all those great players in the yellow and green shirts, Pele was the greatest of them all.

He was lithe, agile, strong and seemed to be able to make the ball do as he pleased. Blessed with a stunning shot and an ability to soar above defences, he was expected to perform some astonishing feat of trickery every time he was in possession. His number 10 shirt has become traditional among creative attacking midfielders and forwards, and many of great football players have since worn it.In his days he was un-playable no player could even get near this level of skill, he was a masterclass in his own league

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