Pele returned to the world stage in 1966 as Brazil went after an unprecedented third straight World Cup. However, misfortune shadowed him again as an injury limited him to two games. Brazil lost two of three and failed to advance past the first round.
Going into the 1970 World Cup in Mexico, there were questions surrounding Pele's legacy . He spoke about the criticism in Pele: His Life and Times. "I wanted to put to rest once and for all, the idea that I couldn't enter a World Cup series without getting hurt," he wrote.
The king of soccer was true to his word during the three-week competition, scoring four goals and handing out six assists. Brazil beat Italy 4-1 in the final with Pele's opening goal being the country's 100th in World Cup history. Tarcisio Burgnich, the defender who marked Pele in the final, said, "I told myself before the game, he's made of skin and bones just like everyone else. But I was wrong."
There were questions surrounding Pele\'s legacy