Everything Know About The Legend That Is Pele’


            March 11, 2023

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, nicknamed Pelé, was born on 23 October 1940 in Três Corações, Minas Gerais (Brazil), to the family of João Ramos do Nascimento (Dondinho) and Celeste Arantes. He was the first of his parents and was named Edison, after the inventor Thomas Edison.

His childhood dream was to become a pilot, but after witnessing a plane crash where the pilot and passengers lost their lives, he followed in his father’s footsteps. His father, Dondinho, born in 1917, was a Brazilian attacking centre forward who scored 893 goals out of 775 games when he played. He helped mentor his son, Pelé, by teaching him skills he used to pass accurately and manoeuvre smoothly.

Pelé started his football journey at 15. His coach at a youth squad, Waldemar de Brito, once a member of the Brazil national soccer team, convinced his family to allow Pelé to try for Santos FC. In his debut (7 September 1956), he scored four goals against the FC Corinthians team in their 7-1 victory.

His international debut was in 1957 in a 1-2 defeat against Argentina at the Maracanã, where he scored a goal, making him the youngest ever to score for Brazil. In 1958, he was the captain of the Brazilian National Team when they went to the World Cup tournament and won the championship. He scored a hat trick against France in the semi-finals and a couple of goals against Sweden, the host nation.

He was just 17 years old, making him the youngest footballer to win a World Cup. He was also the only player to win three FIFA World Cups in 1958, 1962 and 1970. At the end of his career, he had scored up to 12 goals in 14 games in the World Cup. He also had ten assists which is the highest a player has ever had in World Cup history. Following the 1958 tournament, he was named O Rei (The King), and in 1961, he became an official national treasure by the government of Brazil under President Janio Quadros. A move to prevent his potential transfer out of the country.

While he was in Santos, he scored up to 643 goals out of 659 games, making him the club’s top goal scorer. He led the club to many tournaments, including the 1962 and 1963 Copa Libertadores and the 1962 and 1963 Intercontinental Cups. With the team, he won his first major title with the Campeonato Paulista Seria A, which is recognized in Brazil as a major professional football league and is the oldest established league in Brazil. During the South American Championship in 1959, he was named the top goal scorer for the tournament with a total of 8 goals and the best player.

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