Pele is the only player in the world to have won three World Cup titles, Known as ‘The King’, Pele is considered one of the greatest footballers of all time.
The Brazilian magician has mesmerized football fans across generations and his record speaks for itself. From being the youngest player to win a World Cup to scoring the most international goals for the Selecao, Pele has risen to great heights following Brazil’s famous yellow shirt.
Records That Pele Holds In World Football
Youngest player to play and win the World Cup
Pele is the youngest player to play and win the World Cup. At the age of 17 years and 249 days, Pele helped Brazil win the World Cup in 1958 at the Rasunda Stadium in Solna, Sweden. Brazil defeated the hosts 5-2 to win their first-ever World Cup trophy where Pele scored a brace.
Highest international Goal Scorer for Brazil
Pele is the all-time highest goal scorer for Brazil in international football. In 92 official matches recognized by FIFA, the legendary forward scored 77 goals. The record has remained untouched for five decades but Neymar may soon surpass Pele’s tally who currently has 71 goals to his name.
Most FIFA World Cup medals by a player
Pele has won three World Cup medals with Brazil in 1958, 1962 and 1966. No other player in Brazil or across the world has ever been part of three World Cup-winning teams.
Most assists in World Cups
The Brazilian holds the record of providing the most number of assists in World Cups. In the four tournaments he appeared (1958, 1962, 1966, 1970), Pele provided 10 assists. At the 1970 World Cup, the attacker had provided six assists which include two in the final, which is also a record in itself as no other player provided six assists in a single edition.
Youngest goalscorer in World Cup
Pele, till date, is the youngest goalscorer in World Cup history. The Brazilian scored his first-ever goal in the flagship tournament against Wales in the quarterfinal. Riding on Pele’s goal Brazil booked their place in the semifinal.
Youngest hat-trick scorer in World Cup
In the semifinal of the 1958 World Cup, Pele scored his first-ever hat-trick in international football as Brazil thrashed France 5-2. In the process, he became the youngest player to score an international hat-trick at the age of 17 years and 245 days.
Most goals in a calendar year
With 127 goals for Santos in a calendar in 1959, Pele is the highest goalscorer in a single calendar year. Second to Pele in this list is Lionel Messi who scored 91 goals in the year 2012.
How many Ballon d’Ors has Pele won?
Despite being one of the greatest footballers of all time, Pele never won a Ballon d’Or because, until 1995, the award was reserved exclusively for European footballers. It was only in 1995 that the award was expanded to include players from across the world and Liberia’s George Weah became the first non-European recipient of the award.
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