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Pelé at 80: is he still the greatest of all time?

With three World Cup winners medals, 1,279 goals, and star status around the world, is Pelé still the greatest footballer who ever lived?

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Pelé. Illustration: Sahroe

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, the King of Football, turns 80 today. But today, 43 years after his last match, with his three World Cup winners medals, two Intercontinental Cups, 1,279 goals, honorary knighthoods in Brazil and the United Kingdom, and star status around the world, is Pelé still the greatest footballer who ever lived?

Despite the heroics of the current generation’s legends Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and disputes over the validity of a large chunk of his 1,279 goals, this humble writer proposes that yes, even 80 years after his birth, Pelé remains number one by any measure of...

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