Pele reacts to death of “my friend, my idol, my hero” Muhammad Ali

The sporting world was rattled by the death of Muhammad Ali this weekend, and the most famous footballer of all-time was no exception.

Pele reacted to Ali’s death at 74, saying “the sadness is overwhelming”. He once said that Ali would “tease him” about the boxing legend’s popularity in relation to Pele.

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It’s certainly not a competition, but are Ali and Pele the two most famous athletes of the 20th century?