Pele smashes records and goals at the '58 World Cup.
The 1958 World Cup Final was played out on this day between the tournament hosts, Sweden, and Brazil.
It was to prove a memorable spectacle, with the game producing the most goals ever scored in a Final, as the South Americans ran out 5-2 winners to claim their first World title.
Most notable, however, was that two of Brazil’s goals came from a 17-year-old by the name of Edson Arantes do Nascimento, otherwise known as Pele.
The youngster had already smashed a couple of World Cup records en route to the Final, becoming the tournament’s youngest goalscorer against Wales in the quarter-finals, the youngest player to score a hat-trick, against France in the semis and then, continuing that trend, the youngest player to net in the Final.
Although the Swedes got off to a flying start at the Rasunda Stadium, with Nils Liedholm giving them the lead in just the fourth minute, Brazil were back on level terms five minutes later thanks to Vava.
And from then on it was all Brazil, scoring three times without reply. Agne Simonsson gave Sweden a glimmer of hope when he made it 4-2 on 80 minutes, but it was too little too late and Pele put the icing on the cake with his second goal in the last minute.
Pele had arrived and Brazil had begun one of the most enduring love affairs with the game’s greatest tournament.