Pele’s memoirs content to simply go through the motions

The Autobiography, by Pele, Simon & Schuster, €26.

3rd June, 2006

The Autobiography, by Pele, Simon & Schuster, €26.

Pele didn’t amass an estimated personal fortune of $60 million by stepping on people’s toes. Apart from one festering feud with FIFA’s then president Joao Havelange in 1994, he has spent the past three decades as the smiling, handshaking public face of multinationals such as Mastercard, Coca-Cola and Viagra.

Sure enough, this autobiography - his fourth - is as bland as you would...

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