Netflix, which had already made the event with basketball player Michael Jordan (“The Last Dance”) takes on another sport legend: since Tuesday 23 February, the platform has been offering a documentary on Pelé (with interviews with the star) retracing his fabulous career, from his first world title in 1958 to the third coronation in 1970 Now 80 years old, King Pelé lives alone at home because of the Covid which hits Brazil hard The past few years have not been good for Pelé who suffers from depression, uses a walker and has increased hospital stays “He’s very sick, has hip problems He only has one kidney, ”his friend Paulo César told us last summer. “He lives withdrawn into himself, recluse”, regretted his son a few months ago.
More than 50 years ago, however, King Pelé wrote a page of his own history and his discipline… It is raining in Rio de Janeiro on November 19, 1969 However, it would take more than a tropical rain to prevent a whole people from invading the Maracana More than 80,000 Brazilians have taken over this global football temple The excitement is such in the bays that the concrete of the stands is shaking
Twenty-two players race across the pitch, but the crowd has eyes for only one: Edson Arantes do Nascimento, alias Pelé Because everyone is waiting for the Santos player to score the 1000th goal of his career that day against Vasco, who plays at home.
At 29, he has already won two World Cups in 1958 and 1962 He won a third one a few months later in Mexico, which made him a little more legendary. The poor child born in Três Corações (Three Hearts) in 1940 is already the greatest footballer of all time and an idol in his country: “In Brazil, we don’t call him Pelé but, O Rei (the King) », Confides his friend Paulo César, world champion with him in 1970 “Kid, I hated being called Pelé, a name given by my friends,” he said. My real name is Edson Arantes in tribute to the inventor Thomas Edison I don’t know why Pelé It means stupid in Turkish! “
In his career, which began more than ten years earlier, Pelé has never counted his goals scored It is the press that reminds him of this and thus keeps a whole nation in suspense: when will the King score this famous 1000th goal?
At the end of October, Santos goes to the north of Brazil If Pelé (998 goals) achieves a brace for João Pessoa, the milestone will be crossed In front of thousands of supporters, he is made an honorary citizen of the city, as if that could motivate him to plant two But he can’t make history in this anonymous coastal city He still scores to reach 999 goals More than one … and as an accident quickly happens, Pelé takes precautions
At that time, we do not replace injured players So when Santos’ goalkeeper goes out on a stretcher, it’s Pelé himself who replaces him in the cages No risk of scoring under these conditions You can never be too careful! A few days later, Pelé’s club plays in Salvador de Bahia The star player, this time, misses the inevitable, especially for him: a strike in the empty goal! The world champion obviously has an idea behind his head
The following match pits Santos against Vasco de Gama, his father’s club It is scheduled for the Rio Maracana on November 19 Prestigious setting, perfect poster Everything is there with one detail: the eleven players of Vasco do not play the game: no question of being the victims – on their lawn moreover – of this 1000th goal sewn with white thread A defender even prefers to score against his camp rather than let Pelé – who is rushing towards him – take care of it and round up his fantastic counter Ubuesque!
Time goes by and still nothing Comes the 78th minute of the match (which Pelé’s club will win 2-1) and a penalty whistled for Santos In the team, the specialist in the matter is Carlos Alberto, the captain of the future world champions of 1970 No question of shooting this one under penalty of being lynched by the crowd For once, he leaves his place to a Pele feverish as ever: “Before shooting, I was shaking. I was afraid of failure It was too much responsibility I said to myself: What if the guard stops him? If I miss? If I shoot the pole? For the first time I was nervous “In front of him, the Argentine goalkeeper Edgardo Andrada does not lead wide either:” I had the impression of playing alone against the rest of the world The noise was deafening Even Vasco’s supporters were against me, ”he says
It is 11:23 pm when the Brazilian number 10 takes off and deceives the goalkeeper with a soft shot on the right And 1,000! The land is invaded, the madness indescribable The match must be stopped for 20 minutes To celebrate this moment, a plaque will be placed at the entrance of the Maracana and Pelé will be given a balloon weighing 2 kg of pure gold. Dedicate to him the feat awaited by a whole people to the “poor children of Brazil” One of those kids he was once before he was crowned king
Has Pelé really scored over 1000 goals in his career? The answer is yes His total stopped in the mid-1970s at 1,281 in 1,363 games But not all in official matches: his many friendly tours also come into play According to the website wwwrsssfcom, reference in the matter, in 840 official matches with Santos, Brazil or Cosmos New York, Pelé scored “only” 775 goals
In official matches, the all-time top scorer would be the German Erwin Helmchen (1907-1981) with 981 goals ahead of the Austrian Josef Bican (1913-2001) and his 968 goals Since World War II, Pelé has been beaten by the Hungarian Ferenc Puskás (808), his compatriot Romario (780) and recently passed by Cristiano Ronaldo (778) With 756 achievements, Messi will soon overtake Brazilian legend
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