Pelé’s revolutionary status must survive numbers game against Lionel Messi | Barney Ronay

After Messi was said to have broken the Brazilian’s record for goals at a single club, Santos updated their statistics

It seems odd looking back now, but Pelé’s 50th birthday was marked with a star-studded Pelé exhibition match televised live around the world.

Before kick-off a giant Pelé cake was wheeled out at San Siro, on top of which Pelé himself appeared, waving and punching the air in priestly white Pelé-robes, while a massed Pelé-choir sang Happy Birthday Dear Pelé. The Pelé Supremacy filled the skies. And that moment the Pelé-shaped universe was a complete and coherent entity.

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