Widely regarded as the greatest footballer in history, Pele revealed he had numerous chances to move to Europe as a player but rejected the approaches- which included one from English giants Manchester United.
He revealed the news during an interview with O Rei do Futebol, where he also confirmed he turned down advances from Real Madrid and AC Milan due to his love for Santos; the club where he scored on a ratio of nearly a goal-a-game in his 656 appearances.
“Obviously, a soccer player needs to make a living from the game, but it is different from my time. I had many offers to play for Real Madrid, AC Milan, Manchester United. However, Santos was playing well, I was playing well. I did not want to leave.”
Pele starred in an age before modern football’s riches but has a stellar reputation worldwide, now making numerous media appearances. If Manchester United had pulled off this coup, then I don’t think our punters would have ever moaned again.
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