Pele tragically passed away on Thursday at the age of 82 after a prolonged battle with colon cancer.

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The football legend from Brazil, who excelled for both club and country, will be remembered as one of the best players to ever play the game.

He had a tonne of goals for Santos and helped Brazil win an amazing THREE World Cups.

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His heroics for Brazil, of course, drew a lot of attention from Europe’s elite, with Real and Napoli eager to sign the opulent striker.

Throughout his illustrious career, Pele failed to sign with a top European team.

He asserts that he came “very close” to joining the Spanish giants and Napoli, who from 1984 until 1991, of course, had fellow legend Diego Maradona as a player.

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“There were many times when I was very close to signing with Real Madrid, and then once more with Napoli in Italy,” he revealed.

Pele added: “I didn’t play outside of Brazil because I was very, very happy at Santos, I had the best 15-20 years of my life there. I had plenty of other proposals and not just from Real Madrid either, but I was ok where I was.”

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Pele undoubtedly would have scored a remarkable number of goals if he had joined any European team. Although it is regrettable that he never pursued a career in Europe, his legacy has been cemented by his tremendous success in Santos and Brazil.

Before quitting football, he played two seasons in the United States and reportedly scored 37 goals.

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