Brazilian footballer Pele, the universally-acclaimed King of Soccer, has retired from the international arena. He?
Brazilian footballer Pele, the universally-acclaimed King of Soccer, has retired from the international arena. He played his last international game in a match against Yugoslavia in Rio de Janeiro last night (July 18) amid hysterical acclaim from two hundred thousand fans and his fellow-team-mates. Sadly, the man who became the only footballer in the history of the game to score over a thousand goals, failed to score last night. But, for the man who was born Edson Arantes Nascimento, it was still his final moment of glory.
SYNOPSIS: Brazilian footballer Pele, universally acclaimed King of Soccer, retired from the international arena on Monday night. He played his final international game in a match against Yugoslavia in Rio de Janeiro before a widely-cheering crowd of two hundred thousand.
It was the final moment for the 30-year-old footballer, born Edson Arantes do Nascimento, who is the only man in the history of the game to have scored over a thousand goals. The idol of his country, and hero to the whole football world, was playing his one-hundred and-tenth game for World Champions Brazil. His international career has lasted 14 years, ever since he was spotted playing as a bare-footed, poverty-stricken youth in the dusty back streets of a little shanty town. He rose to almost instant success, and today is a bank director, actor, poet, symbol and champion of the poor and oppressed, song-writer and, until Monday, highest-paid footballer in the world-lavishly bestowed with international gifts, medals and honours.
The aircraft banner reads "Long live the King"--and this is how Brazilians feel about Pele, who is retiring, he says, to escape the tensions of the international arena and to spend more time with his wife and children. A small crumb comfort for his fans -- he will continue to play for his club, Santos. But sadly, the ma.. who scored 95 goals for his country alone and led Brazil to three World Cup championships -- he failed to score in his last game. He left at interval to a wildly-hysterical farewell, and didn't even stay to watch the game drawn two-all. The King had abdicated.