Inter Icon Mazzola Pays Tribute to ‘Joy of the Game’ Pele

Inter legend Sandro Mazzola has mourned the passing of football great Pele. O Rei breathed his last yesterday evening after being hospitalized for one month, as he succumbed to kidney and cardiac dysfunctions.

Mazzola had only words of praise for the three-time World Cup winner, in an exclusive interview at La Repubblica (via La Lazio Siamo Noi).

“Even if it’s not easy to say, in my opinion he was the greatest of all time. Pelé was an alien. He amazed me when he dribbled along the corner line. He never lost the ball. He always had it glued to his foot and he caressed it as I have never seen anyone do, not even Maradona or Messi. And then he always smiled. I would like today’s kids to see those videos. Pelé represented the joy of the game, pure beauty.”

Mazzola faced the Brazilian legend in the final of the FIFA World Cup 1970 at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, which the Italians lost, as Brazil ousted the Azzurri 4-1 with goals from Pele, Gerson, Jairzinho and Carlos Alberto.

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