The clips that show why Pele became the greatest footballer of all time after his death at the age of 82
The clips that show why Pele was football’s all-time greatest… a ridiculous dummy to outsmart the goalkeeper, runs that blast defenses, World Cup glory and tons of great goals
The world mourns an icon after Pele’s death at the age of 82, but also celebrates a remarkable life of a man blessed with talent like no other.
Fans of past generations won’t be able to see the Brazilian genius in full flight, but luckily there’s still plenty of footage to enjoy.
Considered by many to be the greatest footballer to ever play the game, take a look at the clips that show what a phenomenon he was.
Timeless Pele Gates
Pele is best known for appearing on the global stage, lighting up the World Championship on numerous occasions and winning it three times.
He led Brazil’s triumphs in 1958, 1962 and 1970, scoring some brilliant goals along the way.
From a stunning free kick that rooted the keeper to the ground, to his knee kick and volley against France, to the salmon-like leap to head over the Italians in 1970, here are five of his best goals.
A cheeky dummy
That Brazilian flair and sense of fun came out on the pitch with Pele.
This incredible dummy against Uruguay showcased not only the forward’s raw speed but also his cunning, anticipation and ability to think two steps ahead.
What happened after the dummy was an atypical miss, but even the big ones aren’t perfect.
World Cup moments
Great players forge their reputation on the greatest stage, and that’s where Pele has always excelled.
This clip showcases a range of everything it has to offer. It wasn’t just the predatory instinct to score goals that set Pele apart.
He could beat half a dozen defenders in a maze run, showing timing and composure – as he did by feeding Carlos Alberto a perfectly weighted pass for one of the legendary World Cup goals, and his smaller stature would contradict the centre-backs to overtake .
A Santos superstar
Despite offers to join Europe’s elite clubs, Pelé spent almost two decades with his youth side Santos.
That doesn’t mean they lost, quite the opposite, and this clip shows them against Benfica when Pelé was 21 in the 1962 UEFA International Cup final.
He scored five goals over two legs and was the clear difference between the two giants of the club game at the time.
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