- Mar 22, 2019
- Blackburn Rovers
Also even in the 80s and early 90s and even in Europe, didn't many of the Belgian international players play for clubs in Belgium, many of the Yugoslavia international players play for clubs in Yugoslavia etc. A completely different landscape then, but I agree it's utterly ridiculous to criticise Pele for not playing in Europe, when that ignores the context of his era.Great point.
This is why I get annoyed when people say Pele and Zico didn't really do it in Europe. But in them days South American Football was the the best in the world.
Santos in the 60s/70s and Flamengo in the late 70s and early 80s were the best Club teams in the world. All the top South American players were playing in their own domestic leagues.
And that's why the World Cups were so special as you only got to see those players every 4 years.