, Pelé has also been known for connecting the phrase "The Beautiful Game" with football. Unable to add item to List.  Pelé accusations led to an eight-year feud between the pair. ", "Pele or Puskas? However, it was Garrincha who would take the leading role and carry Brazil to their second World Cup title, after beating Czechoslovakia at the final in Santiago. And off the pitch he is always smiling and upbeat. He made his senior team debut on 7 September 1956 at the age of 15 against Corinthians Santo Andre and had an impressive performance in a 7–1 victory, scoring the first goal in his prolific career during the match. 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Amazon have a few pieces of retro New York Cosmos memorabilia, the pick of which for me is a great New York Cosmos Anthem Jacket (above) which harks back to the seventies and the boom of soccer in America.. Cosmos went from having an average attendance of 3,500 in 1974 to one of just under 50,000 only four years later. In the first, Pelé scored 19 goals in 14 games, and in the Blue Series, scored 17 goals in 15 games. Pelé was highly promoted in the local media as a future superstar. Who is the greatest of all-time?  In 1997, he received an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace. After his retirement in 1977 he played eight exhibition games and scored three goals.. Sandra Machado, who was born from an affair Pelé had in 1964 with a housemaid, Anizia Machado, fought for years to be acknowledged by Pelé, who refused to submit to DNA tests. In 2012, Pelé was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Edinburgh for "significant contribution to humanitarian and environmental causes, as well as his sporting achievements". In 2010, he was named the Honorary President of the New York Cosmos. He scored two goals in that final as Brazil beat Sweden 5–2 in Stockholm, the capital. 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" Pelé also earned a reputation for often being a decisive player for his teams, due to his tendency to score crucial goals in important matches. Pelé finished the tournament with 5 goals. The couple divorced in 1982. , On 1 October 1977, Pelé closed out his career in an exhibition match between the Cosmos and Santos. [note 3], Despite his relatively small stature, 5 feet 8 inches (1.73 m), he excelled in the air, due to his heading accuracy, timing, and elevation. As they exchanged jerseys, touches and looks, the sportsmanship between them is all in the image.  Pelé was highly promoted in the local media as a future superstar. Pelé himself did not get further involved within political struggles in the country.  Brazil won the match 4–1, keeping the Jules Rimet Trophy indefinitely, and Pelé received the Golden Ball as player of the tournament.  The press proclaimed Pelé the greatest revelation of the 1958 World Cup, and he was also retroactively given the Silver Ball as the second best player of the tournament, behind Didi.  Pelé was asked to participate in the 2006 ESPN documentary film Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos, but declined when the producers refused to pay his requested $100,000 fee. That same year, Santos would successfully defend the Campeonato Paulista (with 37 goals from Pelé) and the Taça Brasil (Pelé scoring four goals in the final series against Botafogo). Giorgio Chinaglia followed him to the Cosmos, then Franz Beckenbauer and his former Santos teammate Carlos Alberto.  He was listed in the Guinness World Records for most career goals scored in football..  Brazil lost that game and Pelé, although still recovering, was brought back for the last crucial match against Portugal at Goodison Park in Liverpool by the Brazilian coach Vicente Feola. The tables below record every goal Pelé scored in major club competitions for Santos and the New York Cosmos.  Renowned for his bending shots, he was also an accurate free-kick taker, and penalty taker, although he often refrained from taking penalties, stating that he believed it to be a cowardly way to score.  In April 1994, Pelé married psychologist and gospel singer Assíria Lemos Seixas, who gave birth on 28 September 1996 to twins Joshua and Celeste through fertility treatments. In the 1959 competition he was named best player of the tournament and was top scorer with 8 goals, as Brazil came second despite being unbeaten in the tournament.  His first match was against the USSR in the third match of the first round of the 1958 FIFA World Cup, where he gave the assist to Vavá's second goal. The civil war went on for one more year after this game. Statistics from 1957 to 1974 for the Taça de Prata, Taça Brasil and Copa Libertadores were taken from Soccer Europe website.  In the 1960 season, Pelé scored 47 goals and helped Santos regain the Campeonato Paulista. In their semi-final match, Brazil faced Uruguay for the first time since the 1950 World Cup final round match. , Brazil played Italy in the final at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. At club level he is Santos' all-time top goalscorer, and led them to the 1962 and 1963 Copa Libertadores. Pelé has married three times, and has had several affairs, producing several children.