The man who invented the beautiful game

“The ambition should always be to play an elegant game.”

– Pele

The world was far less connected 60 years ago. Each footballing nation was isolated from the next, and international competitions were a chance to learn more about the mysterious stars from every corner of the globe. 

In 1958, one boy was waiting impatiently to burst onto the football scene and announce himself to the rest of the world, as arguably the greatest footballer to have ever played the game. 

That boy was Edson Arantes do Nascimento – or as he’s more commonly known, Pelé. 

The teenager had been making waves in…


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