USA Today for The Real Pele
June 10, 2014
No figure looms larger over this World Cup than Pele. Not Ronaldo. Not Messi. Not Neymar. If there is a face of this tournament, it is that of the patron saint of football, the ageless icon who led Brazil to three World Cup triumphs and helped spread its gospel in the United States.
Two days before the start of the tournament, Pele reflected on the month ahead in a wide-ranging interview with USA TODAY Sports.