A documentary soberly called "Pelé", which comes out this Tuesday, traces the life and career of the greatest Brazilian player in football history.

The "king", now 80 years old, tells Netflix's cameras his doubts, his fears but also his successes. 

Pelé is a football legend.

He now has, since Tuesday, a documentary on Netflix dedicated to him and will help to further strengthen his aura, that of the first superstar of world football.

The film, directed by Kevin MacDonald, traces the journey of the famous number 10 and in particular his three World Cup victories.

The footballer also evokes his private life, with his infidelities and his relationship to the Brazilian dictatorship, or even his hesitations about his football career. 

His reluctance for the 1970 World Cup ...

In this documentary, we learn that the footballer did not want to play the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.

Far from the carefree youngster that he was in 1958, the icon did not want to participate in the competition because he had been injured in previous editions.

The Brazilian dictatorship left him no choice.

This world has become a collective masterpiece for the Brazilian team who, at the top of their game, defeated Italy in the final.

King Pelé then accompanies a golden generation: Jairzinho in attack, Tostão or Carlos Alberto.


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At the evocation of this memory, Edson Arantes do Nascimento of his real name, now 80 years old and forced to move in a wheelchair, bursts into tears in front of the cameras.

This success is a breath of fresh air for his people then oppressed by the dictatorship that settled between 1964 and 1985, and the consecration of the player's talent.

... and its relationship to the dictatorship

Many criticized him for not opposing the military junta, but assured him that he could not do anything.

"I don't think I could have acted any differently, I'm not a superman or a miracle worker. I was a normal person God allowed to play soccer. But I'm absolutely sure I did. does a lot more for Brazil with my football than a lot of politicians paid to do it. "

The documentary is punctuated and the archive images are numerous.

Pelé agrees to drop the mask beyond the sports figure and the public figure.

He talks about his infidelities as well as his hidden children.

A new success for Netflix, which seems to have found a new vein after the global success of

The last dance

dedicated to Michael Jordan.