His former teammate, Tosto, has stated that Brazilian players learn to separate themselves from their identities.
He claims that the nicknames under which many players earn money and fame serve as a barrier to shield them from the mania that surrounds them. Pele added the following layer: His moniker and brand became synonymous with a form of unquestionable, scarcely attainable perfection rather than greatness or even excellence.
It was enough to make opponents enjoy going up against him and to bring thousands upon thousands of fans to his games, regardless of how meaningless they were.
Naturally, that might not have been possible to meet; It is instructive that Pele consistently lived up to those lofty expectations.
After playing him, the Italian defender Giacinto Facchetti said, “We went up together to head a ball.” I was taller and could leap higher. At the point when I returned, I looked in shock. Pelé was still there, directing the ball through the air. It appeared as though he could remain suspended for any length of time. Tarcisio Burgnich, Facchetti’s teammate, was more circumspect.
Costa Pereira, a goalkeeper for Benfica, played Pelein a match between the European and South American champions in the 1962 Intercontinental Cup, which served as the precursor to the Club World Cup. He stated, “I arrived hoping to stop a great man.” I left with the impression that someone who was not born on the same planet as the rest of us had undone me.
By the time Pelé arrived in Mexico for the 1970 World Cup, he already possessed that status. He had already accomplished everything required: He had a thousand goals to his name; He had set numerous records; He had infused the game with innumerable awe-inspiring moments. He was unparalleled in all of history.
But that was the first opportunity for millions of people to see him in full, oversaturated color, not just in a hazy glimpse, but almost for the first time. It wasn’t especially difficult. His timing, on the other hand, is what makes it memorable and endures. Pelé’s timing was awesome.