- Won 3 World Cups - 1958, 1962 and 1970. Who knows, had the officials been more courageous in 1966, the "hack a Pele" strategy might not have been allowed to knock him out of the tournament.
- At 17 years old, scored a hat trick in the 1958 World Cup semi finals...against France. Tallying 6 goals total in the tournament.
- The player with the most team trophies - 32 official trophies.
- Scored over 1000 goals in his career, his goal to game ration is almost 1:1
- Was deemed a national treasure in Brazil, preventing him from being sold to a European club...by law.
- Put soccer on the map in the United States when he joined the Cosmos.
Thought by some as the greatest goal - of course Pele is involved...although as the passer not the scorer. But still a thing of beauty:
With all that said, who do you think is the greatest footballer? And who else should be on the list of all time greats?