Bobby Smith who was top defender in his younger days, gazes fondly at the giant poster of him and Pele

Smith an ardent fan of Pele. As a young boy, he said he "never thought for a second that we'd be on the same team" 

Smith the professional player in Philadelfia in 70's signed in 1976 with the New York Cosmos for US 100,000

Pele had signed a year earlier for atleast 10 times that amount and would lead the Cosmos Team.

Pele was key in attracting an array of other talents to the Cosmos Team

U.S. footballer Bobby Smith does not hold back  his tears when paying tribute to King Pele

The rise of the game in the United States owes almost everything to the Brazilian legend, says his former New Yorl Cosmos teammate