What Injury? Athletes Who Bounced Back From the Injured List

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Pélé has one of the most fascinating comeback stories of all time. The retired Brazilian soccer player was 17 when he helped Brazil win the FIFA World Cup in 1958, then he led them to win in 1962 although he suffered a severe groin injury. In the 1966 World Cup, he was injured again in a tackle that would leave him limping and on the injured list.  But in 1970 he came back to help Brazil secure its fourth win.

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