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By the numbers: why Pele is arguably the greatest footballer ever

Suyash Upadhyaya | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 5:55 IST

If you leave the current generation aside, the debate over the greatest footballer in history is restricted to just two names - Argentina's Diego Maradona and Brazil's Edson Arantes do Nascimento, or as the world knows him, Pele.

Pele is currently in India on his second visit to the country. On both occasions, he has visited Kolkata.

We earlier wrote about his first visit was in September 1977, when he represented the New York Cosmos in an exhibition match against Mohun Bagan.

This time around, he is here to witness Atletico de Kolkata's ISL match against Kerala Blasters, and also to watch the final of India's most prestigious youth football tournament, the Subroto Cup.

Catch brings you Pele's career in numbers, to try and give you an idea of the sheer magnitude of his achievements.

Pele infographic

Visual: Shoumik Biswas

First published: 15 October 2015, 10:46 IST
Suyash Upadhyaya @SuyashU

A believer of the Indian football dream and an ardent cricket fan who likes to explore the nuanced side of all sports, Suyash finds creative expression in sports writing. Lover of literature, Liverpool FC, and an earnest economics enthusiast, he has just joined Catch News after completing his post graduation at Xavier Institute of Communications, Mumbai. When not staying up the whole night watching football, he loves spending time playing the sport itself, reading, and generally wondering when he'll decipher everything about the world around him.