Brazilian soccer team Juventus have paid homage to soccer legend Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pele, for scoring the best goal in his career against them, with a statue erected at their stadium Wednesday.
O Rei (The King) was 19 when he scored the goal, flicking the ball over the heads of three defenders on the way to score in the match on Aug. 2, 1959. The match ended 4-0 with Pele scoring three of Santos' four goals.
In the late Tuesday ceremony, Juventus representative thanked Pele for having scored the famous goal at their ground, at a ceremony that attracted around 3,000 people.
In his speech Pele said he had always thought of this goal as the best of his professional career, recalling how the boos of the local crowd had turned into applause after seeing the sheer skill of the goal.
"I had already scored two goals... and they (the Juventus fans) were harassing me constantly. I looked at the stands and made a gesture that said 'just wait a minute,'" he said. "I took the ball from the right... and I scored a third goal after giving the ball three headers, without letting it fall to the floor, and beating three different players. Then I scored with a header," he concluded.
The goal became famous again in 2004, after the 2004 film Pele Eterno (Pele Forever), by Anibal Massaini, which reconstructed the goal using digital techniques. There are no contemporary television pictures of the event.