Probably the best player to have walked on a football pitch ever, Pele’s talent was beyond comparison at his time and age. He played at a time when football was raw, technology was just creeping in and the money in the game was flaccid. Imagine the miracles he could have done in this age. Speaking of miracles, we take a look at Pele’s Top 5 goals for club and country.
5. Brazil vs Italy, 1970 World Cup
Pele was always the man for the occasion for Brazil, always at the right place at the right time.
The talisman of Brazilian football scored a beautiful header against Italy in the 1970 World Cup Final which the Samba Boys won 4-1.
4. Brazil vs Romania, 1970 World Cup
Another one from the World Cup that made Pele who he is, his free-kick in the Romania game was a piece sheer power and presence of mind to find the gap in the Romanian wall and punish the minnows for defending poorly.
3. Santos vs Benfica, 1962 Coppa Intercontinental
Pele showed European clubs exactly what they were missing with a wonderfully taken goal against European giants Benfica at the time, in the Final of the Intercontinental Cup.
He ran into the box with immense pace and used his abilities to the best extent to finish past the goalie with a sublime finish.
2. Sweden vs Brazil, 1958 World Cup
17 year old Pele announced his arrival on the World scene with a sensational volley goal against Sweden in the group stages of the 1958 World Cup. In the days of black and white television broadcast,
Pele made his nation proud with a goal that still stands as one of the best goals by a youngster on football’s biggest stage.
1. Santos vs Juventus, 1959 Intercontinental Championship
Pele’s best ever goal has never been recorded but recreated with the help of computer graphics. The man himself admits that this is his best goal ever.
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The goal came against Juve whose backline was given a run for their money as Pele received the ball from the right, lifted it over 3 defenders and the goalkeeper only to head home cheekily.