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The Brazilian soccer legend talks about his favorite goal, the World Cup and why he’d be even better today
Your new book is called Why Soccer Matters. Why does it?
Well, look at me. I haven't played for 25 years. And this book will be for my third generation of fans. Soccer matters to people everywhere.
O.K., but you say that Brazil's 1950 World Cup final loss to Uruguay was like the Kennedy assassination in the U.S. Isn't that going too far?
I don't think so. I think it was very similar. The emotion was almost the same. When Brazil lost, it looked like something died, the country died--the same as what happened with Kennedy. I was 9 years old. It was the first time I saw my father crying.