Soccer: His Majesty

IS THE KING DEAD? Not yet. Not quite.

When that headline ran in a Rio de Janeiro newspaper in 1966, it seemed to a lot of soccer fans that Edson Arantes do Nascimento, alias Pelé, alias the King, was indeed dead—or at least he had lost his crown. The exciting, agile, acrobatic youth who almost single-handed won Brazil the World Cup in 1958 and led his Santos team to two world professional-club championships was now 27, married, rich, overweight —naturally—and the goat of Brazil's loss to Hungary in the 1966 World Cup...

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