A 17 year old Pele on a street of Sweden before the 1958 World Cup color

A 17 year-old Pele on a street of Sweden before the 1958 World Cup

Pele turned 18 during the cup, helped Brazil to reach the finals and then win 5-2 vs Sweden, crowning Brazil as world champions for their first time ever, which turned him overnight into an international sensation. He scored twice in the final, but also let’s not forget that he was part of a great team. This is probably the last time his life was relatively normal. Before the tournament, he was more of a mystery outside of Brazil; after, one of the most popular athlete that ever lived.

He would go on to score 1200+ goals, be named FIFA player of the century, and win two more world cups (in 1962 and 1970) among countless other trophies. To this day no other footballer has ever won 3 world cups and likely never will.

Right next to him is Zito, one of the best midfielders of all time. He was Pelé´s partner in Santos team and Brazil player in this World Cup.

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