Brazil legend Pelé has died aged 82.
Widely regarded as the best soccer player in history, Pelé was good friends with Maradona and was also a secret car collector.
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Born in 1940 in a small town near Belo Horizonte, Pelé won the World Cup a record three times.
In 1958, when he was just 18 years old, he scored 58 goals for Santos and six goals at the World Cup.
Both records are still unbeaten.
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This, by the way, is a recurring theme in Pelé’s career.
He also still holds the Guinness World record for most career goals scored in professional soccer with 1,281.
Pelé and Maradona
Pelé and Maradona were born in different eras, and their careers could not have been more different.
Except for a brief stint with the New York Cosmos, Pelé spent his entire career at Santos in Brazil.
Meanwhile Maradona, who was 20 years younger than Pelé, played mostly in Europe.
However, most pundits and fans mention them in the same breath.
Pelé and Maradona knew each other, and they were friends.
When Maradona died in November 2020, Pelé was one of the first people to express their condolences.
He wrote on Twitter: “One day, I hope we can play ball together in heaven”.
They had something else in common, they were both brand ambassadors for Hublot.
It’s crazy to think that a Swiss watch brand succeeded where everyone else failed and actually put these two legends in the same room together.
Pelé and his secret car collection
Pelé was also a secret car collector.
Like other people in his position, the Brazil legend was gifted most of the cars he owned.
At the height of Pelé’s fame in the 1960s and 1970s, automakers were competing with one another to get the star’s attention.
Mercedes-Benz came out on top.
The German manufacturer gave Pelé a 250 W114 and a 280-S.
Volkswagen gave him a Beetle and Willys-Overland, a now defunct automaker from the US, gave him an Aero sedan.