Oh yeah. Thats true. But denying Pelé acts is braindeadism for me.
"Football was easier back then." You know this argument can be said 50 years from now, right? "Messi wasnt that good. Football was easier back then..."
If football was that easy back then, then we would have thousands of Pelés in every country. Thats the thing. He was different. He was way ahead of his time. Just like Messi and Cronaldo are ahead of their times. Defenders were more stupid, yeah.. but so were strikers and other players.
Im not gonna talk about his number of goals, but even still, he won everything he could. Scoring a lot of goals in all of this. He demolished Benfica's super star team during the 60's. He destroyed a lot of national squads on world cups. He destroyed the brazilian teams, which trust me... had legends playing over here that are worshiped even to this day like Garrincha, Jairzinho, Tostão, Gérson, etc.
You cant deny what Pele did. I never watched him playing, but I believe in the words of the elder football fans people over here. And numbers and titles are on his side as well.