Pele, along with Diego Maradona is considered to be one of the greatest players to play the beautiful sport. This is a man who was the joint winner of the FIFA Player of the Century award and was voted the Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee.
He was the icon during the 1950’s throughout the 1970’s. He took Brazil to their three World Cup wins during 1958, 1962 and 1970. According to the official stats, his official international goals scored were 77 in his 92 appearances for Brazil. He has won plethora of trophies during the span of his career.
He played opposite to Diego Maradona because of their national and club level rivalry it was a treat to watch. They both brought the best out from each other which gave birth to a beautiful rivalry to witness for the fans. Pele set many club records as well as FIFA World Cup records. Here we take a look at five set of iconic feats of Pele at the biggest tournament in the world.
Youngest player to win the silver ball
1958 is a special edition of World Cup for icon Pele as he set multiple records that day. He was the youngest player to win the silver ball at that tournament. After winning the 1958 FIFA World Cup, he won the silver ball award, the youngest player to do so. Didi was the best player of the tournament who also played alongside Pele. Didi won the Golden Ball award.
Youngest goalscorer in the final
Pele also went on the scoring sheet in the 5-2 win over Sweden in the FIFA World Cup finals of 1958. Because of his brilliant teammates like Vava and Zagallo, Brazil won its first title in 1958. Pele was 17 years and 249 days old when he scored in the finals of the biggest event in the world.
Youngest hattrick scorer
In the same FIFA World Cup that Brazil won its first ever title, Pele scored a hat-trick against France in the semi-final at the age of 17 years and 244 days. It was a seven goal thriller and Brazil managed to beat France in a heroic fashion sending Brazil to the finals in style.
Pele set a number of world records when he participated in the 1958 World Cup. He scored against Wales in the quarter finals of the tournament at the age of 17 years and 239 days. Making him the youngest goalscorer at the world cup. His goal came in the 66th minute proving to be historical as Brazil would then go on to beat France in the semi-finals and Sweden in the final.
Youngest player to play in the final
Pele reached the finals with Brazil during the 1958 edition of the World Cup against Sweden. He became the youngest player in world cup history to play in the prestigious FIFA World Cup. When Brazil became the champions, he became the youngest player to win the trophy as well.