I Refuse to Classify Sir Pelé as a Player. He Was Above That.” Puskas”
Pelé scored 1,281 goals in his career, and is the only man to lift three World Cup titles, having triumphed in 1958, 1962 and 1970. Pelé scored 92 hat tricks, four goals on 31 occasions, five on six occasions, and once scored eight. In 1967, a 48-hour ceasefire was declared in Nigeria so that federal and rebel troops could watch Pele play on a visit to the war-torn nation. At 17, Pelé became the youngest World Cup winner, he also scored twice in the final against Sweden. Pelé netted 1,281 goals throughout his career FRANCE FOOTBALL REVIEWS THE XX CENTURY GOLD BALLS AND CONFIRMS: PELÉ WAS THE GREATEST Pelé, the “Athlete of the Century”, is the biggest winner of the Golden Balls, with 7 trophies, leaving Messi behind with his 4 achievements. In 1997, he was given an honorary British knighthood.