On June 3, 1975, Pele inked a three-year deal to play for the New York Cosmos. The 34-year-old superstar built a legendary career in Brazil over 17 years that led to many calling him the greatest to ever play the game. During his time in Brazil he was a part of three FIFA World Cup championships. After announcing his retirement in October of '74, the North American Soccer League club lured him back onto the playing field. The contract was for a reported $4.7 million,which made him the highest paid athlete in America. The investment into the superstar was an investment into the sport as a whole, as it brought a popularity to the game that had not yet been seen in the United States. It not only paid off in popularity, it also paid off when he led the Cosmos to a Championship Title in 1977.
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