Soccer wasn't part of the curriculum before Pelé. The States largely ignored the sport. And then - Pelé. The combination of grace, flair, and ability forced us off our feet. Children on soccer fields everywhere owe their joy to Pelé.
And a pnner shared: Panini soccer stickers. Back in the in Italy we collected these in sticker albums. If you completed your album you could take it to the Grande Magazini (think Italian Woolworths) for a free soccer ball. Pele was everyone's hero.