Pele reveals he almost signed for Real Madrid

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Pele is undoubtedly one of the greatest players of all time - perhaps the greatest - but there's always been one single criticism aimed at him.

The Brazilian never plied his trade in Europe during his illustrious career, in which he won the World Cup three times and scored more than a thousand goals for Santos.

During an interview at the Tribeca Film Festival for the film Pelé: Birth of a Legend, the 75-year-old admitted he once had the chance to move to the Bernabeu, and came close to doing so, only to see the move fall through at the last minute.

“I was on the point of signing for Real Madrid but I’ve never regretted staying at Santos,” he is quoted as saying. 

The football legend then fielded questions about the rise of Barcelona, and he conceded that they've been the best team on the planet for some time now, before comparing them to the great Dutch side of the 70's that was led by Johan Cruyff.

“It’s clear that during the last 15 years Barcelona have been the best team, just like the Dutch sides played the most attractive football in previous years.”

Only last year, Pele had a major health scare which meant he had to be admitted to hospital in June, having undergone prostate surgery in May.

However he appeared in good health during the film festival and joked of the young actors who play him in the film: "They're not quite as handsome as I was back then..."

Will Lionel Messi ever be considered better than Pele?

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