The Brazilain legend sadly passed away at the age of 82
As the entire world mourns the passing of one of the greatest football players of all time, who brought us bliss with his football intelligence and thrilled the generations of the 1990s with his goals and achievements in matches. Pele had a passion for sports that saw him set numerous records in his career and draw crowds to the stadium to watch his performance. He was so well-known that even opponents’ supporters came to cheer for him since his charm was something to be admired.
After facing a serious illness, the greatest player of all time passed away in a hospital, and we will forever remember his enormous contribution to football and what a wonderful person he was overall, as well as a player. We identified some of his records that are unlikely to be broken in football history.
7. Honorary Ballon d’Or
One of the few Ballon d’Or awards given to one of the finest players of this age, despite the fact that Pele wasn’t entitled to earn any Ballon d’Or during his time since he only played in the Brazilian League and the trophy was only given to European players. Pele scored 1,281 goals and won every award he earned throughout his playing career. Recognizing his great career. FIFA presented the late icon with the first ever Fifa Ballon d’Or Prix d’Honneur in Switzerland in 2014.
6. Most Hattricks
Another impossible-to-break record. Pele has the most hat-tricks in his career, with 92, a nearly century of hat-tricks that will never be surpassed by the other two greats of the game, Cristiano Ronaldo, who has 56 hat-tricks, and Lionel Messi, who has 53 career hat-tricks.
5. Most assists in a single World Cup edition
Pele was an all-around player who scored goals and created chances for his teammates. He has every skill that today’s athletes brag about. On the ball, he was swift, powerful, fantastic, skilled, and inventive. His participation was crucial for the squad, as his absence due to injury in one of the World Cups saw Brazil failing to advance past the group stage.
Pele returned to Brazil’s squad after a long-term injury in the 1970 World Cup and led his country to its third World Cup triumph against Italy, recording a total of seven assists in the tournament, which remains the most assists in World Cup history.
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4. Youngest player to score a hattrick in World Cup
The 1950 World Cup was considered one of the most humiliating movements in Brazilian sporting history, as Brazil lost the inaugural championship to Uruguay. The only way to shake it off was to bring the trophy home in the 1958 World Cup.
17-year-old Pele was enlisted in the squad and this led to many physios believing he would be treated badly by the adversaries, but what followed was a dominant exhibition from a 17-year-old who baffled an entire World and led Brazil to their first-ever World Cup. Pele scored as many goals in the tournament and also recorded a hat-trick at the age of 17, making him the youngest player in World Cup history to do so.
3. Brazil’s joint top-scorer
Pele was Brazil’s all-time leading scorer until Neymar equalled this feat in the 2022 World Cup, albeit it took Neymar 124 games to achieve that mark, whereas Pele did so in 92. Although Neymar has been dubious about playing at the national level following Brazil’s heart-breaking elimination from the tournament. It’s unlikely we may ever see a player who can match Pele’s record of 77 goals for the national side.
2. Youngest player to win the FIFA World Cup
There have been many young players playing in this showpiece but none of them came near to winning this prized trophy in their teenage time, although the second youngest player to win the World Cup was Kylian Mbappe aged 19 in the 2018 World Cup.
He was the star of Brazil’s final victory over Sweden, scoring a brace as the Brazilians defeated the hosts 5-2. And if any player were to beat his record, he would have to lead his side to World Cup success alone at the age of 17.
1. Only player to have won three World Cups
We would have believed that if Mbappe had won the 2022 World Cup. He would have been on course to break Pele’s record for most World Cup titles in his career. But that was not the case, as Pele remains the only player to win the three World Cups. At just 17 he handed them their first-ever World Cup trophy in 1958. Followed by another World Cup win in 1962, and eight years later Pele inspires Brazil to their third World Cup trophy in 1970, and to this day remains the only player to have won it thrice.