Interview: Pelé on Costa, Neymar and the goals that disappeared

“People are talking about them until now because they were so good,” says Pelé — full name Edson Arantes do Nascimento — of the Fluminense and Juventus goals, neither of which was caught on film. “Of course I had other goals that were important to me, in a World Cup too. But these two goals were the ones people mentioned more. They were beautiful goals, but there were other important goals. For example, the 1,000th goal. It was a penalty kick. Everybody said, ‘Oh, it’s easy to score a goal with a penalty kick.’ But to me, in the Maracanã, I was shaking, I was so nervous. I said to myself, ‘My god, I cannot miss this moment.’ This 1,000th goal was very important to me too.”

I sat down for a chat with the legendary Pelé on Tuesday. You can read the interview here.

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