Seeing a great player in person has an elemental magic – make it a must to see these two in their prime
To a 70s kid the sense of awe even to meet anyone who had seen Pelé or Eusébio or Johan Cruyff play was overwhelming. Just imagine that … watching such players in the flesh … in front of their own eyes. Some people of my parents’ generation had attended the 1966 World Cup in England, so every now and again a football conversation would turn in the direction of the greats and these lucky souls would not be able to contain their welling satisfaction as they piped up: “I saw Pelé play.”
It was jaw-dropping stuff. For us kids Pelé’s legend mainly existed in books and magazines, short clips on a football programme every now and again, or a montage every four years when it was World Cup time. The mystique about his genius shimmered in a particular way because so much was left to our imagination. Names like Garrincha, Puskas, Di Stéfano somehow felt more fantastical than real.
Source: Football News
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