The thing with Pele was the mythos around him and that Santos team. They pretty much toured the world playing the world’s best teams such was their level of fame. Impossible to compare to anything in modern sport. To those crowds, Pele was almost like a being from another planet, unlike anything they’d seen before. I certainly agree that I wouldn’t hold him in the regard I’d hold Maradona or Messi, but his status in world football during his era will never be matched by anyone again. Football is too readily available to watch. Impossible for anyone to have that same air of mystery about them.
I’ve a feeling he’s a bit tired. Either that or he’s been saving himself for the Juventus game.
Hes been performing at such a high standard though for so long he’s going to have dips in form. It has happened a couple of times in the last few seasons but he’s still contributed, as he has now, so I suspect he will coming firing back.