February 8, 2023

“It’s very difficult to play with him.”


The player celebrated the season in the sixties in Santos’ attack, particularly alongside Pele

Pedro Ernesto Guerra Azevedo/Santos - Pepe talks about playing alongside Pele
Pedro Ernesto Guerra Azevedo/Santos – Pepe talks about playing alongside Pele

Santos ended its participation in the Brazilian Championship without being vacant in the Libertadores and an unstable moment. In the last five rounds of the Brazilian Championship, there were three defeats, two of which were consecutive in the last rounds, one win and one draw. In doing so, he finished the competition in twelfth place, eight points away from the group of eight, which was closed by Fortaleza, which he lost to in the last round.

However, in the midst of planning for the next season, Peixe fans and other football fans around the world were stunned by Pele’s death, last Thursday afternoon (29). Numerous clubs, players and personalities have paid tribute to the eventual idol of Alfingro, who will temporarily no longer wear the number 10 shirt.

Pepe, one of Pelé’s most celebrated teammates in his career and also on the black and white beach side, commented on the partnership he forged with his friend on the pitches and raved about those who said he was easy to play with. “Some people said, ‘Play alongside Pele until I do my ass,’” the former Santos player revealed in an interview with Globo.

“It was very difficult to play alongside him, you never knew what he was going to do. The right leg was perfect, the left too. He was the only complete player, with all the requirements I met in football. The only perfect player I’ve seen. I’ve seen great players.” But Pele was perfect,” he concluded. Between the 1950s and 1960s, Pele and Pepe played together on several occasions in the Brazilian national team.

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