I’m in a footie mood. Found Pel’s bio on Wikipedia, but it’s being bitchy (due perhaps to the accent?) and won’t give me the link. In retaliation, I pirate these two mind-blowing facts from the page: “In 1970, the two factions involved in a civil war in Nigeria agreed for a 48-hour ceasefire so they could watch Pel play an exhibition game in Lagos.

After winning his second World Cup in 1962, wealthy European clubs offered massive fees to sign the young player, but the government of Brazil declared Pel an official national treasure to prevent him from being transferred out of the country.”

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