With Ghana and Congo level at 1-1, Pele picked up the ball in his own half around the hour mark and beat one player, then another, then another.
Still on the charge, he waltzed between two more defenders before casually slotting the ball past the goalkeeper. It was a dazzling solo effort reminiscent of Maradona’s best, and would end the contest in the Black Stars’ favour.
It is still talked about in hushed tones today but that may just be about to change as his sons Jordan and Dede put DR Congo to the sword in a mouth-watering quarterfinal clash, which gave the Black Stars a 2-1 victory at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations.
History has definitely repeated itself after 21 years in a game which could have gone either way. The maestro couldn’t have wished for a better start to 2017 as his sons’ feat on Sunday could propel the Black Stars to their 5th African Cup trophy.