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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

The Honorable Pele

RIO DE JANEIRO () -- Pele, regarded as the world's greatest player, has been named Sports Minister in a new Brazilian government that will take power Jan. 1.

The nomination Wednesday is seen in Brazil as a blow for the president of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), Ricardo Teixeira, son-in-law of FIFA president Joao Havelange.

Pele was last year barred from the World Cup draw in Las Vegas by Havelange after alleging the CBF had been corrupt in business practices over television rights. A long-time critic of Brazilian politicians, it is the first time Pele has been given a public post.