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Brazilian legend Pelé has revealed that he has teamed up with Netflix to release a new documentary about his rise to international stardom between 1958 and 1970.
During that 12-year span, Pelé became the best footballer on the planet as he helped lead Brazil to three World Cup titles, establishing Brazil as the undisputed powerhouse of soccer at the time.
Pele took Twitter confess that he was ‘excited to relive his memories’ in the upcoming documentary, which will cover one of the most exciting and turbulent periods in Brazilian history.
Featuring unprecedented interviews with Pelé, never-before-seen archival footage, and interviews with former teammates like Zagallo, Jairzinho, and Rivellino, Peel will take fans on a journey through Brazil’s four World Cup competitions and the forward’s progression from an unknown teenager to the greatest of all time.
Pelé made his senior soccer debut in 1956, but finished as the top scorer in the Brazilian league at just 16 years old, earning him a spot on Brazil’s national team for the 1958 World Cup.
At the time, he was the youngest player to appear in a World Cup, and during that competition, he also set records for the youngest player to score a hat-trick and the youngest player to appear in the final.
In that way, players like Real Madrid, Manchester United and Inter tried to bring Pelé to Europe, but neither the player nor Santos were interested in making a deal.
An injury kept him out of most of the 1962 competition, which Brazil still managed to win, but the mood around the competition soured in 1966.
Defending champions Brazil were eliminated in the group stage in controversial fashion. They needed a win over Portugal in the final match to qualify for the next round, but were furious that the referee failed to fire Joao Morais for a tackle that left Pelé limping for the rest of the match.
Pelé had promised to boycott future World Cups in protest of the decision, but did not keep his word to star in 1970, in what is widely seen as one of the best national teams the world has ever seen.
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