Pele – football player, was born on October 23, 1940 in Tres Coracoens, Brazil. Best known as the most famous football player in Brazil. At birth in the biography of Pele was given the name of Edson Arantes do Nasimientu.
The most popular footballer of his generation, Pele joined the club “Santos” in 1956. Almost all his career the footballer spent with “Santos”, helping the team win championships for 18 years. In addition, Pele was part of the national team of Brazil from 1957 to 1971. During this time, Brazil won three world championships: in 1958, 1962, 1970. The final of 1958, probably, was the most famous. Then Pele scored two goals against Switzerland, while Brazil won with a score of 4-2.
More popular in America, Pele became in 1975, when he began to play for the “New York Cosmos” of the North American football league. In 1977, the football player left the sport after receiving the team title of champion of the league. In 1977, Pele’s biography entitled “My Life and a Beautiful Game” was released.
Additional information: Pele received his nickname as a child. However, he claims that he does not know what he got it for and what that word means. In an interview in 2006 with The Guardian, Pele said that he was named Edson in honor of the inventor Thomas Edison.
Pele was named athlete of the century by the United National Olympic Committee of Peace in 1999, although he himself never performed at the Olympics. October 3, 1974 the footballer held his last game for Santos. November 19, 1969, he made his 1000th goal. In total for the biography of Pele to the opponent’s goal was scored more than 1200 goals. In March 2002 Pele’s sweater, in which he played at the 1970 World Championships, was auctioned for $ 220,850.