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Pele might be one of the greatest players of all time. It's difficult to judge the Brazilian when he played in an era long before television filmed every match on the planet and played, and scored, in a lot of unofficial matches and tournaments.
The unofficial matches and staying in Brazil his whole career has led to some calling him a fraud so let's revisit his favourite ever goal to put those thoughts to bed, well they would if it didn't look like it had come out of a cartoon.
The goal came against Atletico Juventus, a Brazilian side, in 1959 but it wasn't captured on camera so based off his description someone animated a video of it, and it's hilariously brilliant. The chip over the final defender and keeper really make this a masterpiece of a lie.
I don't care how good a footballer you are unless you are literally Roy of the Rovers in a comic strip you aren't scoring a goal like that, not even Pele's own character in Escape to Victory is coming up with that to save himself from the Nazis.
Pele's 643 goals for Santos was an incredible record of most goals scored for a single club, but Lionel Messi broke it last week, scoring his 644th goal for Barcelona when he bagged against Valladolid.
Whilst the goalkeepers he scored against were 'celebrating' with a beer from Budweiser, sent in honour of the Argentine's impressive record, Santos want their legend's record to be acknowledged as 1,091 goals, for all the times he scored in unofficial competitions.
.@budfootball... thanks for the beers.:beers: I'll take it as a compliment. :wink: We have great battles over the years! Congratulations on breaking the 644 record #Messi! it really is an unbelievable achievement. Cheers! #BeAKing #ad pic.twitter.com/Rvz2kSv23B
- Gianluigi Buffon (@gianluigibuffon) December 24, 2020
The 80-year-old might be mocked for some things but some of his stats do still speak of one of the best ever, including scoring 77 goals in 92 official games for Brazil.
In those goals 12 in 14 World Cup games and won the tournament three times, in 1952, 1968 and 1970, so he was very good.
The big debate is whether the former Santos striker really is the greatest ever, because his 'best goal' definitely didn't happen, no matter what he says.
Should Pele's record be recognised at 1091?
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