Soccer: Beckenbauer congratulates Pelé on his birthday.

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Franz Beckenbauer has congratulated the soccer legend Pelé on his 80th birthday. In an open letter he described
his former teammate as the “greatest footballer of all time”.

Franz Beckenbauer sent his former companion Pelé a “congratulations video” on his 80th birthday and honored the Brazilian as the “greatest soccer player of all time”.

“For decades we have been united by a wonderful friendship that has always meant a lot to me,” the 75-year-old wrote to Pelé in an open letter in the “Bild am Sonntag” newspaper, celebrating his round anniversary next Friday. In the 1970s, the two star players had played together for a short time in the USA at New York Cosmos.

“I was able to admire your soccer skills almost every day,” wrote Beckenbauer. Off the pitch, the two would have spent a lot of time together at Cosmos. “We all lived in Manhattan and did a lot together. That’s also where I learned to appreciate the great man Pelé.

The Brazilian was there for everyone and “always helped”. In recent years “we both had to struggle with a few health ailments, so the contact is not quite as intensive as it used to be,” wrote Beckenbauer. “On your birthday, however, I will naturally think of you and of our beautiful friendship.

TRT German and agencies.

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