Former CSKA player Ponomarev said it was inappropriate to continue the name Pele in Russia.
MOSCOW, January 19 – RIA Novosti, Svetlana Bonopartova. Former football player of CSKA Moscow and the USSR national team Vladimir Ponomarev told RIA Novosti that the idea of perpetuating the name of Brazilian football player Pele in Russia is inappropriate.
Earlier, he told RIA Novosti, the communications service of the Russian Football Union, that the RFU is discussing possible options to perpetuate the memory of three-time world champion Pele in Russia.
Pelé (full name Edson Arantes do Nascimento) is the only player in history to have won three World Cups as a player (1958, 1962, 1970). The Brazilian national team, who scored 77 goals in 92 matches, shares it with Neymar, the top scorer in its history. At club level, Pelé represented Brazilian Santos for 18 years, played three more years for the American New York Cosmos, ending his career in 1977. Pele is included in the Guinness Book of Records for the most goals in his professional career – according to some reports, the Brazilian scored 1281 goals.
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