Down memory lane with Pele
As news broke about Pelé’s alarming admission to the hospital, we can’t help but remember all the amazing achievements the Brazilian has reached, all with a humble attitude.
Not only was Pelé the record holder for the most number of Ballon d’Or trophies, but also the youngest winner, at the age of 17, surpassing Ronaldo Nazário, who had won in 1997 at the age of 21 years and three months.
When France Football held the ceremony to celebrate him in 2014, Pelé’s humility and grateful character were spotlighted. He thanked his teammates and workers from the clubs and national team for the conquest and made sure to acknowledge everyone behind the scenes. “I promised my family that I was not going to cry, but this is too much. I just have to thank God for giving me the health to play for so many years. And I didn’t play alone. All I won was next to my friends. People remember the players, but we can’t forget the people who prepare the boots, the physios, the masseurs… I share these trophies with all of you,” Pelé said through tears.
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