Pelè Welcomes Rodney Marsh to the NASL

Here’s a response from Pelè to Rodney Marsh when they met for the first time in the NASL. Rodney Marsh, upon arriving on the Tampa Bay Rowdies from Fulham, was asked by a journalist: “Are you the white Pelè?” His response was: “I’m not the white Pelè, he’s the black Rodney Marsh.” This arrogant answer may or may not have caused the following tackle caught on tape. There can only be one Pelè, and as good as Marsh was (see his bicycle kick goal he scored while in the NASL, quite a highlight not to mention his colorful career in England), sometimes you just have to get served. I wish they had on field microphones to hear exactly what the Great One had to say as he slapped Marsh on the head while he was lying on the pitch. Who says that you can’t be feisty at the end of your career?

The said tackle starts at 02:31 of this film. You be the judge.


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