The Biography, history and achievements of Pelé the king of soccer.
Full name: Edison Arantes do Nascimento
Date of birth: 23 October 1940
Place of birth: Três Corações, (São Paulo, Brazil)
RELIGION: Roman Catholic
Height: 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position: striker
Caps: 91 (77 goals)
Clubs: Santos, New York Cosmos
MOTHER: Dona Celeste Arantes
SPOUSES: Assíria Lemos Seixas (m. 1994–2008), Rosemeri dos Reis Cholbi (m. 1966–1982)
CHILDREN: Edson Cholbi Nascimento, Sandra Regina Arantes do Nascimento, Joshua Nascimento, Kelly Cristina Nascimento, Jennifer Nascimento, Celeste Nascimento, Flávia Christina Kurtz Nascimento
NET WORTH: $100 million
AWARDS: 1995 – Brazil’s Gold Medal for outstanding services to the sport
Pelé a soccer legend distinguished himself among others during his active days in football, to an extent people started calling him “king of soccer “. Football fans regard him as all-time best soccer player till date. With his impeccable style, magnificent play and spectacular performance, scoring a total of 1281 goals in 1363 games.
Pelé was born in Três Corações , Minas Gerais, Brazil, the eldest son of Fluminense footballer Dondinho and Celeste Arantes. He was named after the American scientist Thomas Edison.
The name Pele came during his school days prior to his inability to pronounce the name of his favorite player, local Vasco da Gama goalkeeper Bilé, which he mispronounce but the more he complained the more it stuck. According to Pelé’s statement, he had no idea what the name means, nor did his old friends.
Pelé started his footballing career at Bauru FC where he was trained by Waldemar de Brito. In short time all Brazilian great clubs were after him. He choose Santos FC where he made his debut at age 15. At 17 years of age, Pelé made his debut at the World Cup with Brazil in 1958. After scoring the decisive goal against Wales in the quarterfinals Pelé became the youngest player to score in world cup. He also scored a hat-trick against France in the semifinals which Brazil won 5-2. Brazil went ahead to win the final match against Sweden Pelé on the scorer list in the 5-2 riot against sweden. Brazil were crowned world champion and Pelé was the best young talent of the competition.
Pelé played his last World Cup in 1970 at age 29.
Pelé ended his spectacular career in the US at the New York Cosmos as an “ambassador for football”. He remain the master of the game in all ramification shooting accuracy, dribbling and scorer of aver a thousand goals.
- 1956-1974: Santos, 605 Apps, 589 Goals
- 1975-1977 New York Cosmos, 64 Apps, 37Goals
Total 669 Apps, 626 Goals.
1956-1971: Brazil, 92 Apps, 77 Goals.
- Brazil (World Champion) 1958, 1962, 1970
- Santos (Intercontinental Cup) 1962, 1963
- Santos (Copa Libertadores) 1962, 1963
- Santos (Brazilian Championship)
- 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968
- New York Cosmos (U.S. Championship) 1977
- FIFA Player of the Century
- IFFHS Player of the Century
- FIFA World Cup Golden Ball (Best Player) 1970
- South American Footballer of the Year 1973
Pelé records that are likely to stand forever
- The only player that won the fifa world cup
- Scorer of most career goals, 1281 goals in 1363 games.
- Most number of hat-tricks. Pele scored 92 hat-tricks in his career more than any other soccer player. 6 five-goal hauls and 31 four-goal huals.
- The youngest player to score a hat-trick in fifa world cup at 17 years and 249 days old.
- The only player that has scored in four editions of fifa world cup although Miroslav Klose achieved the same fit in 2014