Pele: The footballer who seduced Andy Warhol

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Brazilian legend Pele blurred lines between football and art

New exhibition featuring a piece by Andy Warhol on display in London

Pele won three World Cups with Brazil and is one of game's best players

CNN  — 

Is football an art form?

To watch Edson Arantes do Nascimento in full flight with the ball at his feet is as compelling an argument as the sport can make.

Universally known as Pele, the Brazilian is one of only a handful of individuals to blur those borders with an aesthetic grace out of reach for most.

Such was his greatness, famed artist Andy Warhol revisited his “15 minutes of fame” quote to predict “15 centuries” of acclaim for Pele, who celebrated his 75th birthday on Friday October 23.