I agree, there was no "unified national single top division league" in Brazil the vast majority of Pele's career at Santos, you are right. Brazil didn't have it at the time, it was comprised of 'state championships', and I would love to agree with you but I wouldn't call those disparate leagues "top division" and neither does the International Federation of Football History & Statistics ( IFFHS).fyi, Pelé didn‘t play 2nd division, there was no federal or national championship in Brazil until 1971, due to the distances. the state championships were 1st division. there was a national cup tournament though which Santos won more often than any other team.
I agree Brazil is a big country, there's lots of people in it. Maybe I'm a parrot for the good old know-it-all boys in more conservative austute Europe in the I.F.F.H.S., but their considering Pele a "regional top division" player is technically the right definition, he was and nobody mentioned minor league except to say Puskas was a full "national top division" player not in a broken up league system because of Brazil's sheer size as you say or their immaturity/inability to get it together in one big unified national top division.the state of São Paulo has 46 million inhabitants now and had 17 millions at Pelés playing time, that‘s more than Hungary, Portugal, Netherlands, Belgium and can be compared with a medium sized European nation. furthermore, that state generated 9 Copa Libertadores (the south american equivalent of Champions league) winners and 8 club world cup winners. not sure why anyone would classify this as some minor regional league.
the „golden ball“ fa só is the most useless award in the history of foci
Do you mean Euro 2020, world cup 2022 and CL 2020/21? lolCristiano Ronaldo Will Win world cup and euro and CL
You sound like the No. #1 booster of the Brazil team and Pele and I'm the parrot of the I.F.F.H.S. and those venerable experts usually know what they're talking about.as I said before, the SP state alone had more quality and talent than the entire Spain. same goes for the Rio de Janeiro state championship with Flamengo, Fluminense, Botafogo, Vasco da Gama. apart from the respective state championships, there was also the Taça do Brasil i. e the Federal cup and the Rio-São Paulo tournament that later got expanded by teams from the states of Minas Gerais, Paraná and Rio Grande do Sul (then called Roberto Gomes Pedrosa tournament) all of which have 2 international top teams. furthermore, they had the Copa Libertadores and the Clubs world cup. Pelé played with Santos in all of these tournaments and won them all.
9x SP state champion
2x copa libertadores winner
2x clubs world cup winner
5x brasil cup winner
1x roberto gomes pedrosa winner
(note that the brasil cup and rob. gomes pedrosa cups 1959-1970 are considered equivalent to all-brazilian championships)
5x Rio-SãoPaulo winner
now to your obsession with a national league, what‘s the quality improvement there? ok, so to the top teams from RJ, SP, MG, PR, RS you have what, Fortaleza, Recife and Bahia, 3 teams more that‘s pretty much it.