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This Day In Sports History (October 3rd) — Pele

by: JamieD On  Thursday, October 3, 2013
Tags:  Pele   Santos   Soccer  

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It was on this day in 1974 that Pele officially retired from the game of soccer.  The announcement marked the end of the Brazilian’s 18-year career with Santos Futebol Clube.

Pele played a total of 605 games for Santos and scored an incredible 589 goals.  He would also suit up for his national team a total of 92 times, scoring 77 goals while wearing a Brazilian jersey.  Following Pele’s announcement of his retirement, many believed that they had seen the last of the great footballer, however, it wouldn’t be long before he would make his return to the pitch, suiting up for the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League in 1975.  Pele would play in a total of 64 games over the next two years in the USA, scoring 37 goals despite being well past his prime.

Throughout his historic career, Pele won an impressive three World Cup titles and asserted himself as one of the game’s all-time greats.  Here is a look at Pele’s top 20 goals of his career.

Notable Birthdays

Zlatan Ibrahimović, Soccer – Born on October 3, 1981 (age 32) in Malmo, Sweden

Dennis Eckersley, MLB – Born on October 3, 1954 (age 59) in Oakland, California

Dave Winfield, MLB – Born on October 3, 1951 (age 62) in St. Paul, Minnesota




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