Pele the King

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Pele, born Edison Arantes do Nascimento on October 23, 1940, in Trust Coracles, Brazil, was a Brazilian professional footballer who played as a forward. Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, he left an indelible mark on the world of football. Here are some key points about Pele

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Pele the King

World Cup Success:

Pele  won three FIFA World Cups with the Brazilian national team: in 1958, 1962, and 1970. He remains the only player to achieve this remarkable feat.

His performance in the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, where he was just 17 years old, catapulted him to global stardom. Brazil emerged as champions, and Pelé became the youngest scorer and winner of the tournament.

He continued to shine in subsequent World Cups, contributing significantly to Brazil’s victories in 1962 and 1970.

Club Life history:

Pele spent most of his club career with Santos FC in Brazil. He joined the club at the age of 15 and went on to score an astonishing 1,279 goals in 1,363 games, including friendlies.

In 1975, he made a high-profile move to the New York Cosmos in the North American Soccer League (NASL), where he played until 1977.

Global Representation:

Pele’s impact extended beyond the football pitch. He was not only a sportsman but also a cultural icon.

In 1999, he was named Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee.

The Time magazine included him in its list of the 100 most important people of the 20th century.

The International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) crowned him World Player of the Century in 2000.

Heritage:

Pele’s style of play combined skill, flair, and an innate understanding of the game. His dribbling, vision, and finishing ability set him apart.

He was affectionately nicknamed “O Rei” (The King) by fans and fellow players alike.

His 92 international caps for Brazil output an amazing 77 finish.

Pelé’s legacy endures, and his impact on football remains incomparable. His short-lived in December 2022 marked the end of an ERA, but his story lives on.

For more information, you can explore the Wikipedia article on Pelé, watch a short video about him on FIFA’s website, or read about him on Britannica.123

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