How Manchester United tried to sign Pele before Sir Matt Busby’s crowning moment

Pele once revealed that Manchester United were one of several clubs who attempted to sign the Brazilian football icon.

It’s a sad day for football as Pele, among the greatest to ever play the game, has passed away at the age of 82 following a long battle with cancer. He was admitted to Albert Einstein Israelite Hospital in Sao Paulo due to “general swelling” before it was then announced in December that the disease had progressed and needed “greater care related to renal and cardiac dysfunctions”.

A statement on Pele’s Instagram account read: “Inspiration and love marked the journey of King Pelé, who peacefully passed away today. On his journey, Edson enchanted the world with his genius in sport, stopped a war, carried out social works all over the world and spread what he most believed to be the cure for all our problems: love.

Pele is most famous for his incredible feats of skill and unique achievements while wearing the iconic yellow of Brazil. He is the only man to ever win three separate World Cups after inspiring his nation to victory in 1958, 1962 and 1970. Yet he also enjoyed a glittering club career as well.

The famous No.10 spent the majority of his playing days at Sao Paulo side Santos where he won several state and national championships as well as the Copa Libertadores twice, then the Intercontinental Cup each time against Benfica and AC Milan and the Intercontinental Super Cup against Inter in 1969.

If one of Europe’s top clubs had got their way, however, he would have left Santos before he got the chance to beat the Milan side. He once revealed in an interview with the Guardian in 2006 that a host of European giants attempted to bring him over from Brazil in 1968, with one of them being none other than Sir Matt Busby’s Manchester United.

AC Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid all had an interest, he claimed, and when asked if any of the offers ever tempted him, Pele replied: “Manchester! I even had a proposal from Manchester United.”

“Manchester United? Really?”

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