Pele is the greatest (Michael Lewis/

By Michael Lewis Editor

Since Sunday, since Argentina captured the World Cup on Sunday, a debate has raged online.

Who is the GOAT?

Pele, Diego Maradona or Lionel Messi.

I’ll give you my two cents:



He won three World Cups as the fulcrum of the Brazilian national team.

He scored more 1,279 goals.

He won a myriad of titles.

Yes, I heard he didn’t play in the great European leagues at the time, but Edson Arantes do Nascimento competed in an era where not many South Americans performed across the Atlantic. And Brazil also declared Pele as a national treasure.

He also was the great ambassador of the beautiful game and ignited a soccer boom in this country that we are still feeling today, perhaps forever.

Case closed!