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Pelé, the only player in history to win three World Cups

Without a doubt, the most important football tournament is the world of the FIFA. It is held every four years and brings together the best teams on the planet. Winning it is practically like touching the sky with your hands, since very few footballers can achieve it. This is due to the high level of complexity that exists between the teams. However, there was one person who won it three times, something never seen before. This is Edson Arantes do Nascimento or also known as Pele.

It was the year 1958 when a young Pelé was summoned by the Brazilian team to play in the World Cup in Sweden, he was even considered above other names such as Luizinho, at that time a star of Corinthians.

In that World Cup, the striker played a total of four games (he missed the first ones due to an injury he had suffered before the tournament) and scored six goals, two of them in the final against the host country.

Later, in Chile 1962, and at the age of 21, Pele he played and scored in the victory (2-0) against Mexico in the first match of Group 3 that he shared with Spain and Czechoslovakia (at that time). However, O Rei was seriously injured in the draw (0-0) against the Czechs and was unable to play again for the rest of the season. Likewise, Brazil took the title for the second consecutive edition by winning (3-1) the final precisely against Czechoslovakia.

In 1966, for various reasons, Brazil did not reach its best version at the World Cup that was played in England and would be eliminated in the group stage after beating Bulgaria (2-0) with goals from Garrincha and Pelé from a free kick, and from lose against Hungary (3-1) and Portugal (3-1). After this World Cup, Pelé resigned from the Brazilian team.

Already in 1969 Pelé decided to return to the ‘Canarinha’ thinking about the 1970 World Cup, in Mexico. There, under the technical direction of Mário Zagallo and with teammates like Tostao and Rivelino, among others, Brazil once again became the team that had captivated the entire world with its play and effectiveness. In this edition they beat Italy 4-1 in the final. Pelé scored a total of four goals in six games played.

Source: Elcomercio

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