Match summary
Despite coming up against a Benfica side driven by a Eusebio at the height of his powers, Pelé's Santos were on a different planet in 1962. The Portuguese outfit managed to keep the score-line close at the Maracana before succumbing 3-2, with Pelé netting twice, but the return leg at the Estadio da Luz was a different story altogether. Santos seemed to be in a state of grace as Pele's hat-trick inspired them to take a 5-0 lead, and Benfica only saved their honour with two consolation strikes in the last five minutes.

In comparison, their 1963 title was a lot more testing. Kicking off the first leg at the San Siro, they were outclassed by an AC Milan side heavily influenced by South American stars Amarildo and Altafini, not to mention coach Luis Carniglia, and Pelé's habitual two goals were not enough to avoid a 4-2 defeat.

To make matters worse, Santos went into the return leg at the Maracana a month later with their totemic star missing through injury. Milan took full advantage of his absence to race into a two-goal lead after just 17 minutes, but the fiercely-proud Brazilian side pulled themselves level, and Pepe got his name on the scoresheet twice before they eventually ran out 4-2 winners. Pelé was still absent for the hard-fought play-off game two days later, however a penalty from Dalmo was enough to seal the title for Santos.

Key player
Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known more commonly as 'Pelé', bears no less a title than the 'Footballer of the Century' honour bestowed upon him by FIFA. And as if that were not enough, the world of football respectfully baptised him 'O Rei' (the king) as far back as 1958.

Neither sobriquet is misplaced for a player who terrorised defences across the planet with his energy, technique, natural elegance and unrivalled eye for goal. A quarter of a century since his farewell match, he still boasts the most staggering list of honours in world football, with three FIFA World Cup TM titles (1958, 1962, 1970) and 1285 goals in 1321 matches. It is a record that is unlikely to ever be beaten.

The son of an unremarkable professional footballer, Pelé was discovered while playing for Bauru FC in the early 1950s. Former international Valdemar de Brito was the man who noticed his unique talents, and he facilitated the youngster's move to Santos, the club with which he would be forever associated. Pelé made his professional debut against Corinthians on 7 September 1956 and, despite still being some way off his 16th birthday, marked his first appearance with a goal. Less than a year later, he received his first call-up to the Brazil squad and naturally scored on his international debut as well.

After having struck his 1000 th goal a year earlier, Pelé set the world alight at Mexico 1970, without doubt the most thrilling FIFA World Cup of all. He was at the very peak of his career, attempting all manner of outrageous moves but still directing every single attacking play from a team brimful with star performers. When Brazil defeated Italy 4-1 on 21 June, 'O Rei' became the first and only player to ever lift the global trophy three times.

He remained faithful to Santos throughout his career, during which he netted 1088 goals in 1114 games for the club, including 127 in a single year (1959) and eight in one match (Santos 11-0 Botafogo).

Hitting the back of the net against Vasco de Gama on 19 November 1969, Pelé took his tally to 1000 strikes in front of a Maracana crowd in raptures, and the game had to be stopped for half an hour. One-and-a-half years later on 18 July 1971, he made his 92nd and last-ever appearance in a Brazil shirt.

He finally contested his last professional match on 1 October 1977 and, as 700 million people watched on television, he scored his 1285th goal with a free-kick from 30 metres out.

Coach
Luis Alonso Perez, or 'Lula' as he was known, had the good luck to be in the right place at the right time. Even though he was the man in the dug-out as Santos racked up trophy after trophy, his reputation is over-shadowed by that of Pelé.

I ntercontinental Cup 1962
First leg: 19 September 1962 at the Maracana, Rio de Janeiro
Santos beat Benfica 3-2
Referee:
R. Cabrera (PAR)
Goals: Santos: Pelé (31', 85'), Coutinho (64') Benfica: Santana (58', 87')
Santos: Gilmar, Lima, Mauro, Calvet, Dalmo, Mengalvio, Zito, Dorval, Coutinho, Pele, Pepe.
Coach: Lula
Benfica: José Rita, Angelo, Humberto, Raúl, Cruz, Cavem, Coluna, José Augusto, Santana, Eusébio, Simões.
Coach: Fernando Riera
Second leg: 11 October 1962 at the Estadio da Luz, Lisbon
Santos beat Benfica 5-2
Attendance:
73,000 spectators
Referee : Pierre Schwinte (FRA)
Goals : Santos: Pelé (15', 25', 64'), Coutinho (48'), Pepe (77') Benfica: Eusebio (85'), Santana (89')
Benfica: Costa Pereira, Jacinto, Humberto, Raúl, Cruz, Cavem, José Augusto, Santana, Eusebio, Coluna, Simoes.
Coach : Fernando Riera.
Santos: Gilmar, Mauro, Dalmo, Olavo, Calvet, Zito, Dorval, Lima, Coutinho, Pelé, Pepe.
Coach : Lula.
Intercontinental Cup 1963
First leg: 16 October 1963 at the San Siro, Milan
AC Milan beat Santos 4-2
Referee:
M. Alfred Habefellner (AUT)
Goals: Milan: Trapattoni (3'), Amarildo (15', 67'), Mora (82') Santos: Pele (55' and 84' pen.)
Milan: Ghezzi, David, Trebbi, Pelagalli, Maldini, Trapattoni, Mora, Lodetti, J. Altafini, Rivera, Amarildo.
Coach: Luis Carniglia
Santos: Gilmar, Lima, Haroldo, Calvet, Geraldinho, Mengalvio, Zito, Dorval, Coutinho, Pelé, Pepe.
Coach: Lula
Second leg: 14 November 1963 at the Maracana, Rio de Janeiro
Santos beat Milan 4-2
Attendance:
150,000 spectators (estimated)
Referee: Juan Regis Brozzi (ARG)
Goals: Santos: Pepe (50', 68'), Almir (54'), Lima (65')
AC Milan Altafini (12'), Mora (17')
Santos: Gilmar, Ismael, Mauro, Haroldo, Dalmo, Lima, Mengalvio, Dorval, Coutinho, Almir, Pepe.
Coach: Lula
Milan: Ghezzi, David, Trebbi, Pelegalli, Maldini, Trapattoni, Mora, Lodetti, J. Altafini, J. Rivera, Amarildo.
Coach: Luis Carniglia
Play-off: 16 November 1963 at the Maracana, Rio de Janeiro
Santos beat Milan 1-0
Referee:
Juan Regis Brozzi (ARG)
Goals: Dalmo (31' pen.)
Santos: Gilmar, Ismael, Mauro, Haroldo, Dalmo, Lima, Mengalvio, Dorval, Coutinho, Almir, Pepe.
Coach: Lula
Milan: Balzarini, V. Benítez, Pelegalli, Trebbi, C.Maldini, Trapattoni, Mora, Lodetti, J. Altafini, Amarildo, Fortunato.
Coach: Luis Carniglia.