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Pelé

Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento but known to the world simply as Pelé, he became the youngest player to play a World Cup Finals, the youngest scorer in a World Cup Final and the youngest player to win a World Cup Winner's Medal at 17 in 1958. The Brazilian forward scored six goals in the tournament, including two against host country, to claim the trophy. In total, he played 4 World Cups: 1958, 1962, 1966 and 1970, but it was in the 1970 tournament where he outshone everybody else. He was awarded the Golden Ball for scoring 4 goals in total and was key in 10 other goals in what was then called the greatest World Cup team ever, which included Carlos Alberto, Gérson, Jairzinho, Rivelino, and Tostão. Brazil won the Cup in 1970 for the third time, beating Italy 4-1. After a 21-year career and more than 1,000 goals, he retired in 1977 after a stint with the New York Cosmos.

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