Pele: Brazil unveils statute to celebrate 50th year of 1970 World Cup

Pele: Brazil unveils statute to celebrate 50th year of 1970 World Cup

- Pele has his statue dressed in the 1970 World Cup strip erected in Brazil's FA headquarters

- The soon to be 80-year-old was not present at the unveiling ceremony held in Rio de Janeiro

- Pele with the likes of Jairzinho, Rivelino, and Tostao starred at the 1970 World Cup Brazil hosted and won

Pele's 1970 World Cup triumph with the Selecao will clock 50 years in June and the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has unveiled a statue of Pele at its headquarters.

Brazil hosted and won the tournament and the likes of Pele, Jairzinho, Rivelino, and Tostao stood out as they defeated Italy by 4-1 to lift the trophy for the third time.

The Samba Boys won all of their seven matches enroute to the finals and are regarded as the greatest team of all time.

But the Santos legend was available at the presentation ceremony at the CBF's museum because he finds it difficult to walk.

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Pele, who will clock 80 later in the year, had his statue dressed in the traditional yellow and blue strip worn in the 1970 World Cup.

However Jairzinho, Clodoaldo and Brito there to witness the ceremony along with current Brazil coach Tite.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Pele has refused to leave his home because he is unable to walk and the current state of his health is declining, his son claims.

The three-time World Cup winner with Brazil was diagnosed with urinary tract infection last year April.

The legendary attacker who is set to clock 80 later in the year now needs support to walk, with many of his public appearances in a wheelchair.

Legit.ng also followed up with the report that the great Pele of Brazil has finally opened up about his health issues a few days after his son Edinho raised an alarm.

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The World Cup legend admitted that his current situation was a normal thing to deal with at his age.

Edinho raised an alarm that his father who won three World Cups is embarrassed at leaving his house.

In the other news, Legit.ng reported that Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard have been touted as the best English midfielders of all time but the debate on who is better still lingers in the mind of fans.

But Brazil legend Kaka has waded into the conversation and he believes the Liverpool icon edged the Chelsea star.

Kaka has faced Gerrard in the Champions League during his spell at AC Milan especially in the 2005 and 2007 Champions League seasons.

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