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Pelé, Lionel Messi, Michel Platini, Zinédine Zidane … For our journalists, many are playing the match with El Pibe de Oro.
Pelé is indeed the “king” (Jean-Julien Ezvan)
“A well worn crown. For the records: that of World Cup coronations (3), of the number of goals scored (1281 in 1363 matches). For precocity (world champion at 17), the modernity offered to the game (physical, technical, head game, strikes with both feet), loyalty (17 years in Santos), longevity (launched to conquer the championship American at 35 at Cosmos New York). Spectacular, Pelé remains the symbol of the most beautiful of the World Cups (1970), the first broadcast in color, that of the first Panini album, that of the domination of the game over calculation and of a sumptuous and unforgettable Brazilian team whose he was the conductor. With the iconic photo as a symbol of the fist raised in Jairzinho’s arms after his header scored in the final. For that and for all the rest, the actions of genius, the feints, the goals, the assists, and not only because everything was better before, Pelé remains
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