Rio de Janeiro (AFP)

Pelé and Netflix announced Thursday the release in February of a new documentary evoking the journey of the Brazilian player, from revelation of the 1958 World Cup to "national hero during a radical and turbulent period in the history of Brazil".

This film will be available on the popular video content platform from February 23.

"I will soon have the opportunity to relive my memories. I can't wait to watch this film," Pelé said on social media, in Portuguese and English.

This film consists in particular "of certain rare archive images and testimonies of former teammates of Pelé at FC Santos and within the Seleçao, in addition to unpublished statements from relatives, journalists, artists and others personalities of that time, "according to a Netflix statement.

Its directors David Tryhorn and Ben Nicholas had recently produced another documentary entitled "All or nothing: the Brazilian selection" recounting the conquest of the Copa America by the Seleçao in 2019.

Pelé remains to this day the only footballer to have lifted three World Cups (Sweden-1958, Chile-1962, Mexico-1970).

The latter had been conquered during the long period of military dictatorship in Brazil (1964-1985).

In 2000, he was named player of the 20th century by Fifa pundits as the public, in another vote, chose Argentina's Diego Maradona.

"I hope that one day we can play football together in heaven," King Pelé reacted after the death of Pibe de Oro last November.

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