Brazilian legend Pele is obviously still highly regarded in the world of football, and has even been branded the “greatest ever player” in the past (via Goal).
The retired star was recently asked which current team he’d like to play for, and when given the choice between Arsenal and Chelsea he made the oh-so simple choice and chose the Gunners, as reported by the Evening Standard.
“Between Chelsea and Arsenal? I would play for Arsenal if I had the chance,” he said.
“Arsenal is a good team to play for. I like the teams that play open football.”
Pele was born into an era of Brazilian football where the South American side played the game the beautiful way. The player himself personified that, which is why he has gone down as one of the greatest players ever to take to the field.
Arsenal’s free flowing, attack-minded style of play would suit the legend’s game, and it’s easy to see why he’d choose to play for us rather than Jose Mourinho’s lot.
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The 74-year-old doesn’t go into too much detail about why he would choose Arsenal, but you’d hope our ethics and the way the club is run would also have something to do with his choice.
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Chelsea is known as a club with no history, a club that buys it’s way to success, and a club that looks to bring established stars to the club rather than nurturing their own. With Pele spending almost his entire career at Brazilian side Santos, this is clearly not an ideology he would embrace.
Good choice Pele!