(CNN Spanish) — Pelé holds the Guinness record for the most World Cups won by an individual. O King, as he was nicknamed, he lifted the cup three times: Sweden 1958, Chile 1962 and Mexico 1970.
The former Brazilian star, considered by many to be the best player in history, participated in four World Cups in total. In the 14 games that she played representing the canarinha, he scored 12 goals in total and made 8 goal passes, according to the specialized page Transfermarkt.es. He never got a yellow or red card.
Throughout his career he scored 1,281 goals in a total of 1,363 games, including friendlies and unofficial competitions. In the list of official competitions for elite professional players, Pelé (with 769 goals) is third behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, according to RSSSF.
In Sweden, Pelé’s performance was key: he scored the only goal for Brazil in the quarterfinals against Wales, scored a hat trick in the semifinal against France and made a double in the final against Sweden that ended 5-2, recalls the Guinness page.
Four years later, in Chile, Pelé’s participation in the World Cup was severely limited by an injury in the second game that kept him off the field for the rest of the tournament. He did score a goal in the first game, in which Brazil defeated Mexico 2-0.
Pelé, declared a national treasure of Brazil, won the World Cup again in 1970, the year in which he also won the Ballon d’Or.
The results of the Brazilian in the World Cups have no comparison. Only 20 other players went on to win more than one World Cup, but none lifted three. And of those 20, in addition, eight won without having played any game in those cups.
The multi-award winning Pelé
In the year 2000, the International Association Football Federation (FIFA) named him “Player of the Century”, together with the Argentine Diego Maradona. During his career, the Brazilian earned accolades of all kinds and colors, including being designated an “honorary knight” by the late Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.
His name was also linked to politics: in addition to serving as Extraordinary Minister of Sports between 1995 and 1998, that year a law named after him was approved with the aim of dealing with corruption in Brazilian soccer.
You can find more information about Pelé’s career in this article.