With another world cup on the horizon, the debate over who is the greatest soccer player of all time has heated up again.

Each generation has had its "big one", so we had Puskas (Hungary) in the 50s, Pelé (Brazil) in the 60s, Maradona (Argentina) in the 80s and now we have Messi (Argentina).

In my opinion, the debate so far has not focused on one important factor and that is that, to decide who is the best, it is not enough to see who could play the game well, but you also have to look at what they achieved. The measure of greatness is not just how you play, but in large part what you achieve. Many players were excellent, but they never accomplished anything or set any records.

Comparing players to one another is largely a matter of opinion that is always open to discussion and counterarguments. In addition, opinions are always mixed with speculation and value judgments and each generation claims ownership of the oldest.

On the other hand, the issue of achievements and records is a matter of fact and is not subject to discussion or contradiction. You are entitled to your opinion, but not to your own facts. It is from these facts that one can decide who is the greatest.

With the purpose of 'who is the greatest?' In order to debate, it is necessary to look at the players across the generation lines and compare their achievements with each other and compare them.

When you look at a player's record of achievement, it will never be equaled and all great footballers are measured against the Brazilian who once made the world stop to watch his fascinating play.

His name is Edison Arantes do Nascimento (Pele). He was born in 1940 in Tres Coracoes, Minas Gerais, Brazil. He grew up in poverty and couldn't afford a soccer ball, so he wore a sock stuffed with newspaper and tied with string or grapefruit to practice his skills (Pele Biography -Soccer Maniak, by Armin Serdarevic).

A look at Pelé's remarkable record of achievement won't end the debate over the greatest, but it should leave no doubt that Pelé's status as the King of soccer is indisputable.

In (Pele Biography, etc.), his records are highlighted first and then his national and international achievements are listed as follows: -


1. Pelé scored his first international goal in his first game against Argentina at the Maracana Stadium on July 7, 1957 at the age of 16 to become the youngest player to score in international soccer.
2. In his first World Cup match against the USSR in 1958 he became the youngest player to play a World Cup at 17 and with his goal against Wales the youngest player to score a goal during a Cup of the world.
3. In the semi-final against France in 1958 he became the youngest player to score a hat-trick (3 goals in a match) and the youngest player to play in the World Cup final.
4. In the final he scored 2 goals, one of which was selected as one of the best goals in World Cup history. He threw the ball over the defender and then followed with a volley shot and the ball ended up in the back of the net.
5. Finished the tournament tied for second place in most goals scored (6) in 4 games and was named Young Player of the Tournament. He won the Silver Ball as the second best player behind Didi (another Brazilian).
6. At the 1970 World Cup, he was named Player of the Tournament.
7. Pelé is considered by FIFA as the most prolific scorer in history with 1,281 goals in 1,363 matches in all competitions.
8. Scored in two different World Cup finals.
9. After the 1958 World Cup, the Brazilian government declared it an "official national treasure" to avoid offers from European clubs and avoid their transfer outside the country. https://www.topscorethai.com/%e0%b8%99%e0%b8%b1%e0%b8%81%e0%b9%80%e0%b8%...

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In (Pele Biography, etc.), his records are highlighted first and then his national and international achievements are listed as follows: -