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Netflix documentary on Pelé knits Brazilian football legend's illustrious career with his country's politics
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Netflix documentary on Pelé knits Brazilian football legend's illustrious career with his country's politics

Pelé is a two-pronged narrative —the primary one a starry survey of the footballer's achievements, and the second, Brazil's military takeover in 1964 and display of strategic interest in “the beautiful sport."

Year in Review 2020, best sports quotes: Naomi Osaka, Pele, Michael Holding, Vikas Krishan and more
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Year in Review 2020, best sports quotes: Naomi Osaka, Pele, Michael Holding, Vikas Krishan and more

2020 has been something that everyone would want to forget except it has been an unforgettable year. We look at some of the memorable quotes from the last 12 months.

Lionel Messi's all-time goal-scoring record with a single club untouchable, says ex-England striker Gary Lineker
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Lionel Messi's all-time goal-scoring record with a single club untouchable, says ex-England striker Gary Lineker

Messi beat Pele's record of 643 goals for one club when he scored Barcelona's third goal, and the 644th of his Barca career, in the 3-0 win against Valladolid on Tuesday.

'Anyone can achieve greatness if they believe in themselves,' says Lionel Messi after breaking Pele's record
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'Anyone can achieve greatness if they believe in themselves,' says Lionel Messi after breaking Pele's record

It was the 33-year-old Argentine's 749th competitive match for Barca, meaning he has scored a goal every 1.16 games.

Lionel Messi scores 644th Barcelona goal, surpasses Pele for goals at a single club
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Lionel Messi scores 644th Barcelona goal, surpasses Pele for goals at a single club

It was the 33-year-old Messi's 749th competitive match for Barca, meaning he has scored a goal every 1.16 games.

LaLiga: Lionel Messi breaks Pele's record in Barcelona's win; Atletico Madrid stay on top of table
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LaLiga: Lionel Messi breaks Pele's record in Barcelona's win; Atletico Madrid stay on top of table

Messi struck his 644th goal for Barca, one more than Brazil legend Pele scored for Santos, in the 65th minute of a routine win for Ronald Koeman's side

LaLiga: Lionel Messi equals Pele record in Barcelona draw; Luis Suarez scores brace in Atletico win
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LaLiga: Lionel Messi equals Pele record in Barcelona draw; Luis Suarez scores brace in Atletico win

Messi headed in from Jordi Alba's cross after his first-half penalty was saved to equal the mark set by the Brazilian great for Santos.

'I love you, Diego,' writes Pele in an emotional message for Maradona
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'I love you, Diego,' writes Pele in an emotional message for Maradona

"Your quick departure didn't let me say it to you, so I will just write: I love you, Diego."

Feuding no more, Pelé joins world in mourning Argentine legend Diego Maradona's death
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Feuding no more, Pelé joins world in mourning Argentine legend Diego Maradona's death

To name FIFA's player of the 20th century, Pelé was the pick of experts. Maradona was the people's choice as the winner of an online vote. So they shared the award and continued to bicker in public.

Not Dead Yet: From Queen Elizabeth II to Clint Eastwood, French site mistakenly runs dozens of VIP obituaries
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Not Dead Yet: From Queen Elizabeth II to Clint Eastwood, French site mistakenly runs dozens of VIP obituaries

Several hours after the obituaries first ran Monday, the website of Radio France Internationale apologised, saying unedited drafts had been accidentally published as it moved its website to a new content management system

Football great Pele admitted to hospital for routine physical check-up, assures fans of well-being on social media
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Football great Pele admitted to hospital for routine physical check-up, assures fans of well-being on social media

Pele has suffered with mobility problems since a failed hip replacement surgery in 2012

Brazil unveils statue of legendary Pele to mark 50th anniversary of 1970 World Cup triumph
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Brazil unveils statue of legendary Pele to mark 50th anniversary of 1970 World Cup triumph

Pele, who will be 80 in October and finds it difficult to walk, was not present at the ceremony in the CBF’s museum but had been given a preview of the statue which he declared perfect

Three-time World Cup winner Pele rubbishes reports of depression, says he is committed to fulfilling commitments in busy schedule
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Three-time World Cup winner Pele rubbishes reports of depression, says he is committed to fulfilling commitments in busy schedule

This summer will mark the 50th anniversary of Pele's third World Cup title, won in Mexico in 1970 with what many rate the greatest team of all time

Brazilian football great Pele in depression due to poor health, says son Edinho
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Brazilian football great Pele in depression due to poor health, says son Edinho

Pele, widely considered to be one of the greatest footballers in history and who will be 80 in October, has had hip trouble for years and now needs a frame to walk. Many of his recent public appearances have been in a wheelchair.

Neymar Jr is a corporate tool driven by market forces; forward must now focus on football or risk losing it all
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Neymar Jr is a corporate tool driven by market forces; forward must now focus on football or risk losing it all

In the hands of his father, Neymar seems to have become a marketing tool driven by market forces. Wherever he goes next, Neymar must lose that tag to restore his reputation and focus again on what he does best – playing football – or risk losing it all.

Brazil legend Pele remains under observation in Sao Paulo hospital, doctors suggest operation to remove ureteral stone
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Brazil legend Pele remains under observation in Sao Paulo hospital, doctors suggest operation to remove ureteral stone

Pele remains under "observation" in a Brazilian hospital, his doctors said on Thursday, describing the three-time World Cup winner as "clinically stable".

Brazil legend Pele feels 'much better' after undergoing treatment in Paris hospital for urinary tract infection
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Brazil legend Pele feels 'much better' after undergoing treatment in Paris hospital for urinary tract infection

Football legend Pele said Friday he was feeling "much better" after receiving hospital treatment in Paris for a urinary tract infection.

LaLiga: Barcelona hoping to tie down Lionel Messi to long-term contract until end of career, says president Josep Bartomeu
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LaLiga: Barcelona hoping to tie down Lionel Messi to long-term contract until end of career, says president Josep Bartomeu

Argentine striker Lionel Messi joined Barcelona's academy aged 13 and is one of the few players left from Pep Guardiola's iconic team that won the treble in 2009

Brazil legend Pele doing well after treatment for urinary infection in Paris hospital, says spokesperson
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Brazil legend Pele doing well after treatment for urinary infection in Paris hospital, says spokesperson

Football legend Pele was taken to a Paris hospital as a precaution on Wednesday after suffering from a "urinary infection" but is "doing well", according to members of his entourage

Brazilian football legend Pele 'doing well' after being hospitalised due to light fever in Paris
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Brazilian football legend Pele 'doing well' after being hospitalised due to light fever in Paris

Football legend Pele has been taken to a Paris hospital as a precaution after suffering an 'infection' but is 'doing well', according to members of his entourage.