Pele Passes Away: 5 Best Goals of Three-Time World Cup Winner!

Pele, arguably the greatest footballer of all time, died aged 82 on Thursday in his native Brazil.

Here’s a look at five of the best goals the three-time World Cup winner scored at the global showpiece

1958 quarter-final v Wales (1-0 win)

The first of Pele’s 12 World Cup goals came in 1958 last eight against a strong Wales side led by John Charles. The then-17-year-old had become the youngest player ever in the tournament in Brazil’s final group game against the USSR.

1958 semi-final v France (5-2 win)

Pele did not waste much time in adding to his World Cup tally, decisively turning a close semi-final against France in Brazil’s favour. Leading 2-1 at half-time against Just Fontaine’s Les Bleus, Pele plundered a second-half hat-trick to power Brazil into the final.

1958 final v Sweden (5-2 win)

Pele wrote himself into footballing folklore by becoming the first teenager to score in a World Cup final, a feat only matched 60 years later by France’s Kylian Mbappe. His first goal of a double in the 5-2 triumph over hosts Sweden was unforgettable, as he scored after three touches when the ball never hit the ground.

1970 group stage v Romania (3-2 win)

Having injured himself during the second game of Brazil’s 1962 World Cup win and then effectively being kicked out of the 1966 edition in England, Pele arrived in Mexico with plenty to prove in 1970.

1970 final v Italy (4-1 win)

After a tournament for which he will best be remembered for two misses — a shot wide after an incredible dummy to confound a goalkeeper and an effort from the halfway line which drifted narrowly off target — Pele scored his last World Cup goal in the final.

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