but the government also gave him the highest wage in football ever paid up to that era.
"Pelé’s electrifying play and penchant for scoring spectacular goals made him a star around the world. He led Brazil to three World Cup football (soccer) championships (1958, 1962, and 1970). He scored 12 goals in World Cup play and tallied more than 1,000 goals in first-class matches. "
Was forbidden by an act of the Brazilian government, forbidding him to sign for club outside of Brazil!
he wanted to stay
they wanted him to stay
they made him an offer he couldn't refuse.
And the horse head wasn't even needed