Thursday , 25 April 2024

Brazil football legend Pele honoured with the 'Olympic Order'!

Brazil football legend Pele was presented with an Olympic Order -- the highest honour given by the International Olympics Committee, at the Pele museum in Santos. Pele joked that his nation's football team had yet to win gold at the Olympics because he never played in the competition. "I was joking with my friends saying that Brazil never won an award, because I never played," the 75-year-old told reporters.

Pele added: "I joke with my friends, because we really never had a title and this was a chance God gave to me in receiving this honour. Let's hope and think positively, that maybe we can take an Olympic title, and once again, for all those who have been part of my story." He was previously named the IOC's 'Athlete of the Century' in 1999 despite never having played in the games himself, thanks to then-rule that professional athletes were not able to compete in the Olympics.

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