The Saints claimed this Wednesday the “greatness” and “insurmountable numbers” of Edson Arantes do Nascimento ‘Pele‘, after the mockery of the former English player Jamie Carragherwho questioned the goals of the former Brazilian striker.
“‘El Rey’ is extremely concerned about the dispute over his greatness and his insurmountable numbers. Don’t cry!” Said the club where Pelé, now 81, achieved world fame and played for most of his career. his sports life.
Santos accompanied his message with a photograph in which Pelé appears posing with the three world cups he won with Canarinha in Sweden 1958, Chile 1962 and Mexico 1970, the only footballer in history to achieve such a feat.
The club thus responded to some statements by Carragher, an idol of Liverpool, on the Sky Sport program ‘Monday Night Football’, in which he questioned the more than a thousand goals that Pelé claims to have scored in his entire career. “Pelé has a bit of a myth. I don’t believe in a thousand goals from him,” said the former English defender.
Specifically, the Brazilian star claims to have scored 1,283 between official matches and friendlies, although that figure varies depending on the source you go to.
In the midst of the controversy and without clarifying whether he was referring to the matter, Pelé stressed today on Instagram that in his time “soccer was simpler.” “It was always for the love of the sport. It was always about coming home and seeing them happy,” he added alongside a black-and-white photo of a group of his supporters.
Carragher’s controversial comment slipped this Wednesday among the most commented topics on Twitter, where Brazilian fans criticized the disdain with which the much better footballer of all time was treated.
It also gained repercussion in the Brazilian press, such as on the UOL portal, which reminded its readers that Carragher only scored four goals in his extensive playing career.
Pelé is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment after a colon tumor was detected for which he underwent surgery in September last year.