Happy 80th Birthday, Pelé!

Happy 80th Birthday, Pelé!

By October 12, 2020 Issue 16

A Celebration of Soccer’s Greatest Player

Greatness takes a physical toll on all those who achieve it. So it is a testament to Pelé’s courage and indomitable will that this month he will mark eight decades on the world stage after years of being battered by the game’s hatchet men and a series of recent medical issues. Eight by Eight Writer-at-Large David Hirshey who has known Pelé since 1975—and collaborated with him on a memoir—pays tribute to the man who forever transformed the sport in his own joyous image.

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