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5. Pelé Didn't Officially Score 1,283 Goals
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Pelé did score 1,283 goals, but 526 goals came in unofficial friendlies and tour games.
He even counted games he played for the Sixth Coast Guard in the military competition.
He officially scored 757 goals in 812 games.
As great as Pelé's goal scoring ratio was, it pales in comparison to Fernando Peyroteo.
Of course, Pelé probably would dismiss Peyroteo's achievements, just like I'm about to dismiss some of the Brazilian's goals.
4. A Reality Check
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Pelé needs a reality check regarding his FIFA World Cup achievements.
3. Pelé Was Outperformed in Every Single World Cup
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Pelé played in four FIFA World Cup tournaments but was outperformed in every single one of them.
For a man that boasts about his goal-scoring prowess, I find it amusing that he never mentions himself as a Silver Boot winner.
2. Pelé Won Two FIFA World Cups, Not Three
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Here's Pelé laying down the gauntlet to Lionel Messi:
People always ask me: "When is the new Pele going to be born?" Never. My father and mother have closed the factory. When Messi's scored 1,283 goals like me, when he's won three World Cups, we'll talk about it.
Messi needs to reach 758 goals instead of 1,284 and needs to win two FIFA World Cups instead of three.
Pelé was a member of three World Cup-winning teams, but he sat out the large majority of the 1962 World Cup.
It was Garrincha who singlehandedly won the World Cup for Brazil, not Pelé.
1. Pelé Played with Historic Teammates
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When Pelé compiled his 125 greatest living footballers list, he didn't include many of his teammates.
Regarding the teammates that made the cut: There are two of the greatest right-backs ever in Carlos Alberto and Djalma Santos. Then there is one of the greatest left-backs ever in Nílton Santos. Also a marvelous midfielder in Rivelino.
Here are Pelé's teammates who were ineligible for his list: Garrincha (inspired Brazil to win the 1962 FIFA World Cup), Vavá (scored three goals in two World Cup finals) and Didi (1958 World Cup Golden Ball winner).
Pelé shockingly omitted teammates: Gérson, Jairzinho, Gilmar, Tostão, Zito, Bellini and Zagallo.