Pele: His Life and Times

Pele: His Life and Times

by Harry Harris


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With exclusive access to Pelé, award-winning sports writer Harry Harris charts his meteoric rise from humble beginnings in Brazil to his first international at the age of 16. Superb athleticism, speed of thought and execution, and astonishing ball control helped him become the only player to have appeared in three World Cup-winning sides, and to have scored more than 1,200 goals in his senior career, a feat that is now unlikely ever to be equaled, let alone surpassed. Pelé remains the best soccer player of all time, despite the extraordinary exploits of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar, and legends such as Diego Maradona and Johan Cruyff. Now revised and updated to bring the story completely up to date, this is a tribute to a world-class sporting hero, a great sportsman and, to this day, an inspiration to millions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786068828
Publisher: John Blake Publishing, Limited
Publication date: 10/01/2018
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Harry Harris was Group Chief Football Writer at the Express, and a holder of the coveted Sports Story of the Year award. 

Table of Contents

Author's Note to the revised edition vi

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction 1

1 From Shoeshine to Golden Boot 9

2 The World Cup Boy Wonder on Fifteen Dollars a Month 29

3 The Pain as Well as World Cup Glory 49

4 The Greatest at Twenty-One … But Not in Business 67

5 The Brutality and the Boys of '66 77

6 The Greatest Team of Them All 93

7 Date with Destiny 107

8 The Political Game: The World Cup 1974 131

9 The New York Cosmos 143

10 Snapshots from the 1980s 157

11 From Football Star to Global Ambassador 179

12 Lai Pelé: Pelé's Law 199

13 World Cup Politics 217

14 Life Beyond Sixty 231

15 Thoughts on the Beautiful Game 243

18 FIFA, Pelé and Maradona 249

17 World Cup 2002 Korea and Japan 255

18 Pelé: The World's Greatest Ever Footballer 259

19 Pelé: The World's View 315

Index 319

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