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It’s a testament to his talents that decades after he stopped playing, Pele is still the biggest name in futbol, the undisputed king of soccer. And as the World Cup starts, he’s talking to Fusion Live anchor Pedro Andrade in a one-on-one interview.
Pele spoke about his new project, a documentary vlog with episodes released everyday during the tournament at therealpele.com. The films were directed by Pele’s daughter and give fans a rare glimpse at a side of the legend few have seen before, including his singing abilities.
“My daughter said people know Pele, the youngins heard about Pele, their father talks about Pele. But nobody knows exactly what Pele is doing,” he told Fusion Live. “Let’s do something for this new generation.”
While he retired from soccer in the late 70’s, his heart is still in the game. He actively promotes the sport around the world, even serving as an honorary ambassador for this year’s World Cup in his home country of Brazil.
It’ll be the first time the tournament has been held in Brazil since 1950, when the national team suffered a defeat that still stings.
“I was 9 or 10 years old. I saw my father cry,” Pele told Andrade. “My father used to say men don’t cry, so I asked why you cry, and he said Brazil lost the World Cup. That, I have on my mind until now.”
Just 8 years later, Pele helped lead his national team to victory, scoring seven goals and proving himself as the world’s greatest player.
“It was a dream, it was a dream,” Pele recalled. “I never expected so quickly to have this opportunity, and now something that makes me feel very happy is today people know Brazil because of football. Brazil has become one of the most important and well-known countries in the world.”
The 2014 tournament got underway today, with Brazil facing Croatia in the first match in Sao Paulo, and Pele says he’s confident his national team will be in the final.