Never think you’re the best but prepare for better, says football legend Pelé in eastern India

Brazilian football legend Pelé asks students to work harder instead of thinking themselves to be the best, during an interaction in India’s eastern Kolkata city

KOLKATA, WEST BENGAL, INDIA (OCTOBER 12, 2015) (ANI) – Brazilian football legend Pelé asked students to work harder instead of thinking themselves to be the best, during an interaction in India’s eastern Kolkata city on Monday (October 12)

Pelé, who is in India on a week-long visit, was speaking at an event organised to facilitate him.

“My father used to tell me, listen you play because it was the gift of god. This was a gift of god and you didn’t do anything to get this but if you be prepared yourself, if you respect people, if you never think you’re the best because if you think you’re the best you’re gonna lose from your position. Then you gonna be one excellent player. That’s my message for your answer. Never think that you’re the best. You must work to prepare yourself to be better, better and better,” said Pelé.

Audience cheered ‘Pele Pele’ as he shared his life’s experiences and answered to excited questions by the students.

On being asked by a student on what was his view regarding Indian football players and will they ever lift the football world cup, Pelé advised them to keep working hard.

“Football is the most big family in the world, no doubt, then to see when India gonna be there we don’t know but keep work, keep the work because you have good players and good moments…keep work,” said Pelé.

Pelé said that physical condition of a football player is very important.

Pelé, whose given name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, has more than 1,280 career goals and an unequaled three World Cup titles during his playing career. He has scored more than 92 hat tricks and was the youngest World Cup winner at the age of 17.

He is considered by many to be the greatest footballer of all-time.

Pelé was overwhelmed by the responses he received from the audience and blew kisses thanking them.

The 74-year-old Brazilian last visited Kolkata in 1977 with former club New York Cosmos, when they played in a 2-2 draw against Mohun Bagan, and charmed his fans with his incredible moves on the field.

Pelé will also visit New Delhi on October 14 and will attend the finals of Subroto Cup on October 16.

Pelé continues to travel the world to this day to promote the Latin American country and the sport that made him famous.