Netflix releases trailer of original documentary on football legend Pelé

Shubham Dasgupta
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Netflix releases trailer of original documentary on football legend Pelé
Netflix releases trailer of original documentary on football legend Pelé

07 Feb 2021: Netflix releases trailer of original documentary on football legend Pelé

Did you know the original name of football legend Pelé is Edson Arantes do Nascimento or that he's the only player to win three World Cup titles?

This and many other facts about the Brazilian footballer will be brought to the fore through a Netflix documentary.

Its first trailer was unveiled recently, while the documentary is set for a February 23 release.

Backdrop: 'We thought Brazil was well-known back then. But it wasn't'

The trailer starts with the 80-year-old football veteran alone in a room playing a tabular percussion instrument.

Along come in different commentators talking about how FIFA's "the greatest" put Brazil into the global map of sports for the first time.

"We thought Brazil was well-known back then. But it wasn't," says the legend himself, as he reflects on the time he joined the team.

Highlights: Get to see his skills, relive your Pelé moments again

His insane skills never cease to amaze as the trailer delights us with some of his momentous tackles before he lands the ball inside the goal like a cakewalk.

Family members, friends, and acquaintances are also featured in the documentary, reflecting on how the prodigy always wanted to "play ball" after school.

"We were watching the greatest player of all time emerge," said one.

Context: The legend struggled with his fame amid Brazilian political turmoil

However, it was a tough time for the star to manage his fame when the political situation in his country was in a topsy-turvy state, thanks to the dictatorial regime.

"I was always sought out to take sides," remarked Pelé.

The 1970 World Cup "was the oasis of hope," as it showed that the player's ascent to fame was parallel to Brazil's discovery.

King speaks: Trailer ends with an empowering first-hand insight on 'victory'

The trailer ends with an empowering insight from Pelé, who says, "I think the biggest gift you receive in victory is not the trophy. It's the relief."

That is where the trailer ends with the thumping sounds of his fingers on that instrument again.

The documentary, produced by Pitch Productions, is made by filmmakers David Tryhorn and Ben Nicholas of Crossing the Line fame.