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Watch | What is Kolkata’s special bond with Pele?

From Brazil to Calcutta, the world plunged into a state of mourning at the news of the death of footballing legend Pelé.

The Brazilian footballer, considered the greatest player of the 20th century, died in Sao Paulo on December 29, at the age of 82.

Among the millions mourning his death are Calcutta football fans, who gathered at Salt Lake Stadium to pay their respects to the ‘King of Football’

The football-mad city also has a historic connection to the legend

In 1977, long after his days as an international footballer, Pelé arrived in what was then Calcutta for the first time.

Now representing the New York Cosmos team, he played an exhibition match against Mohun Bagan on September 24, 1977.

It has been reported that Mohun Bagan paid almost Rs 1.7million for the three-time World Cup winner and his club to play in India.

Around 80,000 spectators packed the Gardens of Eden to see him in action.

The game ended in a 2-2 draw

Producer: Gayatri Menon

Voice-over: Kanishkaa Balachandran

Source : WORLD NEWS

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