Pelé’s life in the cinema, the films and documentaries that showed us the king of soccer

When talking about soccer, many names come to mind, depending on where you are in the world, these names can vary, but there is one that will always say present, Pele He is for many the best player in history, but his talent and life have not only been shown on the courts, but also through the seventh art.

Recently the news was released that “O Rei” died after suffering from generalized cancer, since, a few days after leaving his colon cancer treatment, doctors have detected that he had tumors in the intestine, the liver and a lung, so the alarms around his health went off.

Pelé in the cinema, the incredible story of the multi-time world champion and the films that tell us about it

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known to all as Pelé, had a long career filled with success and recognition, but few know the humble beginnings and the great personal battles that the former soccer player had to fight to achieve the greatness for which he is known today. today in all parts of the world.

Luckily for everyone, the legacy of “the Black Pearl” has been kept in several films, which can be enjoyed to understand the truth behind the legend. In 2021, British filmmakers David Tryhorn and Ben Nicholas released their documentary “Pelé” on Netflix, where the former footballer himself tells his story.

In this documentary you can see an account of his career, told by himself and full of completely unpublished images of some of his most remembered memories as a player, as well as current material on his life after football and, of course, his supposed 1,284 goals.

On the other hand, we also have the documentaries “Pelé Eterno” from 2004 and “Pelé the Last Show: The Film” from 2018, both available on iTunes and which use interviews with family members, former teammates and sports personalities to narrate the history of his career and the memories of his last game, respectively.

Moving away from documentaries, “Pelé: The Birth of a Legend” follows the story of the soccer star from his youth, played by Kevin de Paula, and how his talent helped the Brazilian team win their first World Cup in 1958. The film can be enjoyed on iTunes and through Google Play Movies and Amazon Prime.

As a curious fact, the king of soccer acted in the 1981 film “Escape to Victory” along with Sylvester Stallone and Michael Caine, in an incredible story where the fate of the prisoners of a Nazi concentration camp is decided with a game of football, the film is available on Amazon Prime.