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Reports appear stating Valencia tried to sign Pelé!

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Reports appear stating Valencia tried to sign Pelé. EFE

Reports appear stating Valencia tried to sign Pelé!

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In 1957, Valencia came close to signing none other than Pelé. As published by 'El Mercantil Valenciano', the Cubells family have found reports written by the former player and ex-coach detailing his impressions of the Brazilian legend when he was just 17 years old.

It was in August 1957 when Luis Casanova, president of Valencia, sent Eduardo Cubells to Brazil to sign a star to replace Faas Wilkes, a legendary Dutch footballer who marked an era with the Spanish team.

There, Cubells ended up signing Walter Marciano, then one of the best players in Brazil. However, according to legend, the real weakness of the former coach and player was a boy called Edson, also known as... Pelé.

The story was told by Luis Casanova himself earlier this year in a talk with AS. He shed light on a story that 'El Mercantil Valenciano' has just confirmed after revealing the reports that Eduardo Cubells made of 'O Rei'.

More than 50 years later, the Cubells family has found the letters that the former footballer wrote to Casanova in 1957 during his trip to Brazil, in which he narrated what he saw, in his first time in the legendary Maracana Stadium during a Botafogo-Flamengo game.

"When I opened the elevator door, my eyes were dazzled, because I could never imagine something so wonderful and completely round, like a bullring, but I can assure you that it is much more beautiful," he wrote with emotion.

That summer of 1957 would be the one before Pele's arrival, who would score 38 goals in 41 games before becoming world champions with Brazil in Stockholm. That was the start of the Brazilian star's career, who did not leave Santos until 1975 to play for the New York Cosmos.

And it seems Cubells already saw it clearly. "Pelé is formidable, he will become a great figure," wrote the former player in one of his letters. And he tried to take him, but Walter was the one who arrived... But what if Pelé had come to Valencia? 

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