Pele’s last game took place on October 1, of 1977. The Giants Stadium of New Jersey hosted his two teams: New York Cosmos and Santos. Pele played the first half with the American team and the second one with the Brazilian team.
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali was among the spectators and after the game, both men met on the pitch.
Years later Pele said:
“Ali was my friend, my ideal and hero. We spent a lot of unforgettable days together and were always in great relations. He was a very joyful person who liked jokes. He used to tease me, saying that he was more famous than me. In cooperation with UNICEF, we worked with children as well. Once Ali said that football is more beautiful than boxing and then added: ‘I am more handsome than you’.”