Pelé: Most Wins of the FIFA World Cup by a player
When he played, it was a real pleasure to watch Pelé. He led Brazil to victory in 1958, 1962, and 1970 FIFA World Cups. In 92 international appearances, he ultimately scored 77 goals for Brazil. The illustrious striker had won numerous awards nationally and internationally. At the FIFA World Cup, he set five iconic records that are hard to forget in the world of football.
Here is a look at the top 5 World Cup records set by football legend Pele:
1. Youngest Goalscorer in World Cup
Pelé became the youngest player to score in FIFA World Cup history when he scored in 1958 at the age of 17 years and 239 days. After scoring in the 1-0 win over Wales in the quarter-finals, he was able to achieve this accomplishment.
2. Youngest Hattrick scorer in World Cup
Pelé set a record for the youngest player to score a hat trick at the 1958 World Cup. The Brazilian star who was 17 years and 244 days old, scored three goals against France in the semi-final. Pelé led his team to the final with a second-half hat trick. He scored in the 52nd, 64th, and 75th minutes of the match.
3. Youngest Player to play Final
Pelé became the youngest player to play in the FIFA World Cup final. He accomplished this record during the 1958 edition, the same edition when he became the youngest goalscorer and the youngest Hattrick goalscorer in the FIFA World Cup. He participated in the final against Sweden when he was just 17 years and 249 days old, and Brazil defeated them 5-2.
4. Youngest goalscorer in the Final
Pelé also scored in the 1958 FIFA World Cup final. He scored twice for his nation in a 5-2 win over Sweden, as Brazil won the World Cup for the first time in history. He was just 17 years and 249 days old.
5. Youngest player to win the Silver Ball
The second-best player receives the Silver Ball award, while the best player receives the Golden Ball trophy at the FIFA World Cup. For Pele, the 1958 edition was unique for a variety of reasons, not only did he break numerous records, but at such a young age, he also made a name for himself in the football world. Pelé received the silver ball trophy at the 1958 FIFA World Cup. Pelé’s team-mate Didi won the Golden Ball while Pele took the Silver Ball.