Pele is widely regarded to be the greatest player of all time. In 1999, he was voted World Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS). The same year, France Football asked their former Ballon d'Or winners to choose the Football Player of the Century; they selected Pelé. In 1999, Pelé was elected Athlete of the Century by the IOC, and Time named him in their list of 100 most influential people of the 20th century. In 2013 he received the FIFA Ballon d'Or Prix d'Honneur in recognition of his career and achievements as a global icon of football.Buy fifa 16 coins and build the best team to challenge players around the world.
According to the IFFHS, Pelé is the most successful league goal scorer in the world, with 541 league goals. In total Pelé scored 1281 goals in 1363 games, including unofficial friendlies and tour games, for which he was listed in the Guinness World Records for most career goals scored in football. During his playing days, Pelé was for a period the best-paid athlete in the world. In his native Brazil, he is hailed as a national hero, for his accomplishments in football, and for his vocal support of policies to improve the social conditions of the poor. In 1961, Brazil President Jânio Quadros had Pelé declared a national treasure. During his career, he became known as "The Black Pearl" (Pérola Negra), "The King of Football" (O Rei do Futebol), "The King Pelé" (O Rei Pelé) or simply "The King" (O Rei).
He won three FIFA World Cups: 1958, 1962 and 1970, the only player ever to do so; and is the all-time leading goalscorer for Brazil with 77 goals in 92 games. At club level he is also the record goalscorer for Santos, and led them to the 1962 and 1963 Copa Libertadores. Pelé’s electrifying play and penchant for spectacular goals made him a star around the world, and his club team Santos toured internationally in order to take full advantage of his popularity.
I used to think Cristiano had the best shooting weak foot. Then I saw footage of the old Ronaldo at Barca, Inter and his days at Madrid I hadn't watched, and I couldn't tell he was right-footed, I literally couldn't. And then I watched Pele. Get more fut16coin can build your own favorite team.
I used to think Ronaldo was the most explosive player. And then I watched Pele.
I used to think Maradona suffered the worst tackles, got hacked the most. I used to think he was the one who inspired the greatest terror among opposition defenders. And then I watched Pele play.
All this stuff about him not playing in a strong league, playing with a lenient offside rule or not having enough competition in his time is absurd - Pele beat Juventus, AC Milan, Inter, Real Madrid, Benfica among others while they were champions and had European AND South American footballers to choose from in their side. Brazil had one of the strongest domestic leagues at the time.
“The greatest player in history was Di Stefano. I refuse to classify Pele as a player. He was above that.”Ferenc Puskas
"I told myself before the game, 'he's made of skin and bones just like everyone else'. But I was wrong.”Tarcisio Burgnich, the Italy defender who marked Pele in the Mexico 1970 Final
“I arrived hoping to stop a great man, but I went away convinced I had been undone by someone who was not born on the same planet as the rest of us.”Costa Pereira on Benfica’s 5-2 loss to Santos in the 1962 Intercontinental Cup in Lisbon
“The difficulty, the extraordinary, is not to score 1,000 goals like Pele – it’s to score one goal like Pele.”Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Brazilian poet
“Pele was one of the few who contradicted my theory: instead of 15 minutes of fame, he will have 15 centuries.”Andy Warhol, American artist and thinker
“When I saw Pele play, it made me feel I should hang up my boots.”Just Fontaine, 13 goals in the 1958 World Cup.
“Pele was the only footballer who surpassed the boundaries of logic.”Johan Cruyff,Netherlands, Barcelona and Ajax legend.
“I sometimes feel as though football was invented for this magical player.”Sir Bobby Charlton, Man United and England legend
"Pele was the greatest – he was simply flawless. And off the pitch he is always smiling and upbeat. You never see him bad-tempered. He loves being Pele.”Tostao, Brazil compatriot of Pele
"An artist in my eyes is someone who can lighten up a dark room. I have never and will never find difference between the pass from Pele to Carlos Alberto in the final of the World Cup in 1970 and the poetry of the young Rimbaud. There is in each of these human manifestations an expression of beauty which touches us and gives us a feeling of eternity."Eric Cantona, Man United and France legend
"The best player ever? Pele. [Lionel] Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are both great players with specific qualities, but Pele was better."Alfredo di Stefano, Real Madrid, Argentina and Spain legend
"He is the most complete player I ever saw."Franz Beckenbauer, Bayern and Germany legend
"The best of all was Pele, who is a mixture of Di Stefano, [Diego] Maradona, Cruyff and Leo Messi."Luis Menoti, Argentina's World Cup winning coach
"There's Pele the man, and then Pele the player. And to play like Pele is to play like God."Michel Platini, Juventus, Marseille and France legend, currently President of UEFA
"Pele was the most complete player I've ever seen. Two good feet. Magic in the air. Quick. Powerful. Could beat people with skill. Could outrun people. Only 5 ft 8 in tall, yet he seemed a giant of an athlete on the pitch. Perfect balance and impossible vision."
Bobby Moore, West Ham and England legend, voted greatest defender of all time on Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) - FIFA.com
"Pele is the greatest player in football history, and there will only be one Pele in the world."Cristiano Ronaldo
"Debate about the greatest player of the 20th century is absurd. There is only one answer: Pele. He is the greatest player of all time, and by some distance I might add."
Zico, Flamengo and Brazil Legend.
Genuine anointation for Maradona as the greatest ever comes mainly either from his compatriots, like Gary Lineker, or from players like Ryan Giggs, who watched and idolized him when they were growing up.
People like Puskas, di Stefano, Beckenbauer, Cruyff, Zico, Bobby Moore, Sir Bobby Charlton, Platini, Laudrup - absolute legends of the game - they have no doubts about who the greatest ever is. Adulation for Pele isn't limited to his contemporaries - many top players and managers today, in the 2 or 3 generations before us also, consider him to be the greatest ever.Click here to get more fifa 16 coins and improve your team.
I don't consider myself anywhere close to having as much expertise as them to contest what they are saying, so I'd rather fall in line with them and support them. I'd recommend the rest of Quora too, because I suspect they're not much better off than me compared to di Stefano.
O Rei - the king of football is Pele. And I doubt there will ever be another like him.
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