Watch: YouTuber finds out whether Pele could have saved Sunderland from relegation

Jude Summerfield
90Min

Widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, Pele won three World Cups with Brazil and scored 619 goals in 638 games for club side Santos.

Sadly he never managed to test himself in England's top league, but there can be no doubt that the forward surely would have asserted himself as one of the country's greatest league players.

But what if he was still active as a player now and joined Sunderland in their bid to escape relegation?

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The Black Cats seem destined for the drop, with the side currently 12 points behind 17th-placed Hull, but what if the Brazilian legend Pele was on hand to help David Moyes' hapless side?

Well, one YouTube star elected to put that idea to the test in placing Pele in their Sunderland career mode game, creating a 90-rated player who sits behind only Manuel Neuer, Luis Suarez, Neymar, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the simulation's best players.


And, perhaps due to Pele's contribution of 12 goals and six assists in 38 games, Sunderland manage to stay up, even if Jermain Defoe somehow managed to net five more strikes than the Brazil legend.

So essentially all Moyes needed to do in pre-season was sign Pele up and let him do the business. Instead, he signed the likes of Victor Anichebe and Steven Pienaar, and perhaps unsurprisingly they look set for the drop.


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