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Edison Arantes do Nascimento , best known by his nickname Pelé  is a retired Brazilian football player who is widely regarded as the greatest footballer of all times. In his native country


Brazil, Pelé is hailed as a national hero. He is known for his accomplishments and contributions to the game of football.  During his career, he was known as "The King of Football", "The King Pelé"  or simply "The King".

Pele was born on 23 October, 1950 at Três Corações, Brazil .  He was the son of a  Fluminense footballer Dondinho and Maria Celeste Arantes.  He was named after the American inventor Thomas Edison. He was originally nicknamed Dicko by his family.  He didn’t receive the nickname Pele until his school days. Pelé grew up in poverty in Bauru, São Paulo. He earned extra money by working in tea shops as a servant. He could not afford a proper football and usually played with either a sock stuffed with newspaper, tied with a string or a grapefruit.

 Pelé made his debut for Santos in 7 September 1956. When the 1957 season started, Pelé was given a starting place in the first team and at the age of just 16, became the top scorer in the league. Just ten months after signing professionally, the teenager was called up by  the Brazil national team. Pelé won his first major title with Santos in 1958 as the team won the Campeonato Paulista, Pelé finished the tournament as a top scorer with an incredible 58 goals , a record that stands even today. Pele’s first international match was a 2–1 defeat against Argentina on 7 July 1957. In that match, he scored his first goal for Brazil. He became youngest player to score in International football. His first match in the World Cup was against the USSR in the first round of the 1958 FIFA World Cup. He was the youngest player of that tournament, and at the time the youngest ever to play in the World Cup.  Against France in the semifinal, Brazil was leading 2–1 at halftime, and then Pelé scored a hat-trick, becoming the youngest in  the World Cup history to do so.

On 19 June 1958 Pelé became the youngest player to play in a World Cup final match at 17 years and 249 days. He scored two goals in the final as Brazil beat 


Sweden 5–2. His first goal, a lob over a defender followed by a precise volley shot, was selected as one of the best goals in the history of the World Cup. When the match ended, he passed out on the field, and had to be attended by the medical staff. He then recovered, and was visibly compelled by the victory  in tears as he was being congratulated by his teammates.

 In the 1966 World Cup Pele was persistently fouled on by Bulgarian and Portuguese defenders. In the game against the Portuguese Joao Morais brutally fouled Pele but was allowed to stay onfield by the referee. Pelé had to stay in the field limping for the rest of the game, since substitutes were not allowed at that time. After this game he vowed he would not play again in the World Cup, a decision he later changed.

 The 1970 world cup was Pele’s last. The 1970 Brazilian world cup squad consisting of  Pelé, Rivelino, Jairzinho, Gérson, Carlos Alberto Torres, Tostão, and Clodoaldo, is widely considered as one of the greatest ever football teams.  Brazil won the world cup keeping the Jules Rimet Trophy . Burgnich of Italy, who marked Pelé during the final match, was quoted saying "I told myself before the game, he's made of skin and bones just like everyone else — but I was wrong.” Pele retired in 1977.

Pelé has been a worldwide ambassador for football and has undertaken various acting roles and commercial ventures. He is currently the Honorary President of the New York Cosmos.






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