Iconic Brazilian football player Pelé is the subject of an upcoming feature documentary heading to Netflix.
The streamer has released the official trailer for the doco, which tells of Pelé’s fascinating life, from entering Brasil’s national team at just age 16, to becoming the only footballer to win three World Cups. As the trailer shows, the look at Pelé’s life is paralleled with some of Brazil’s turbulent years, during which the athlete had hit superstar status . “I was always sought out to take sides,” Pelé says.
It looks like a well-crafted documentary, particularly with Pelé himself, now 80 years old, watching footage of his own life over the years – and getting emotional while doing so. Should be a must see for fans of the sport and the sportsman, and perhaps a fascinating watch for non-football aficionados as well.
Pelé, directed by David Tryhorn and Ben Nicholas and executive produced by Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland, Touching the Void, Whitney), will be on Netflix from February 23rd.
Official synopsis for Pelé:
This documentary feature tells the story of iconic footballer Pelé, his quest for perfection and the mythical status he attained. As well as unprecedented interview access to Pelé, the film includes astounding archive footage and interviews with legendary former team-mates including Zagallo, Jairzinho and Rivellino. The story looks back at the extraordinary 12-year period in which Pelé, the only man to win three World Cup titles, went from young superstar in 1958 to national hero in 1970; a radical yet turbulent era in Brazil’s history. PELÉ is directed by David Tryhorn and Ben Nicholas, produced by Pitch Productions and executive produced by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald.