after the untimely death of skinOne of the most important football players in the world, this Thursday, December 29, in São Paulo, Brazil, due to colon cancer, which has afflicted him since September 2021, Noticias RCN recounts some of the most important moments of the Brazilian star’s sporting career.
Pele opened the doors of football America, His image also inspired him to play for the New York Cosmos. But to help the mass of the game, Edson Arantes do Nascimento not only wore the Brazilian shield on his chest, but also the United States national team jerseyin a friendly game.
In 1976, a year before his retirement from the courts, another landmark event occurred in the successful career of ‘King Pele’, within the framework of the bicentennial celebration of the independence of the United States of America. He played two games with the North American country’s selection.,
‘O Ray’ when he was part of the US team A home run was disputed between the United States, Brazil, England and Italy. And the hosts didn’t have a competitive team, so they decided to bolster it with Pelé, one of the best players in the world at the time.
This football legend wore the US team jersey with other stars as teammates, The team did not win any games, but another page was written in the history of ‘King Pele’ with a Brazilian star donning the uniform of a North American team.
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Why has Pele never played in Europe?
To cement your career as one of the best, Playing in European leagues is inevitable, because there are the most talented players and the biggest possible competition.
Pelé had his reasons for not traveling to the Old Continent, despite being the most requested by the world’s biggest clubs. At that time, the European teams that made the most attempts to sign him were Real Madrid, Juventus and Milan, but the Brazilian star never wanted to leave his country.
‘O Ray’ wore only two shirts in his 23 years of career as a footballer, Santos and the Cosmos. This was enough for him to make history in the sport, but for many it was just short of playing to become one of the greatest in Europe.
“Only at the end of my career did I agree to play for the Cosmos in a city like New York, as an experience and to promote football in the country. In addition, we did clinics for children and I learned English, otherwise I’ve never left Brazil,” he said. Pele said in an interview with ‘Telegraph’ newspaper.
“I had my reasons: in short, I loved the rice and beans my mother made, I felt comfortable and happy in my country. My parents lived a few meters from our house, the temperature was always 25 degrees and the beach was great.”
They always ask me why I have never played in Europe. I felt good in Brazil and Santos was the team of my life, he concluded.
The legendary player will be publicly laid to rest Monday through Tuesday at the Vila Belmiro de Santos stadium, 80 km from São Paulo, a city where Pele played for almost his entire career.
On Tuesday, he will be taken in a funeral procession which will pass through the place where his mother lives. Dona Celeste, 100 years old, to a tombstone. There his family will see him off privately, Santos said in a note.