Edson Arantes Do Nascimento was born on October 23rd, 1940 in Three Hearts, Brazil. The son of Joao and Dona Celeste was named after Thomas Edison. His father struggled as a soccer player and their family grew up in poverty. The nickname of Pelé was given to him by his friends. Apparently, his favorite football player was Vasco Da Gama Bile, but as a child, Edson mispronounce it and said Pelé. He has been married twice and has six children.
At 17, he traveled with the National Team to Stockholm, Sweeden and won the first World Cup for Brazil, scoring two goals in the final against the home team. In Chile ‘62, things were a bit different. Playing a match against Czechoslovakia he suffered an injury and he missed the rest of the tournament, yet Brazil was able to win the World Cup for the second time. In Mexico 1970, for the third time, Brazil would go to win the World Cup. This time, Brazil won against Italy. In 1971, Pelé retired from the game he had always loved with a total of 1,281 goals in 1,363 games.
It is important to highlight the fact that football was not the only activity the king participated in. Some of them were:
- United Nations ambassador for ecology and the environment.
- Brazil’s extraordinary Minister for Sports.
- In 1978, he was awarded the International Peace Award for his work with UNICEF.
As any Brazilian in the field, Pelé’s signature is always his smile, his inventiveness, and his agility. He is unpredictable and his mind is always active. If anybody would take the trouble of reading any biography about Pelé, you would read comments from every single football player saying the same thing in different words: He is the greatest football player in history!
By [Juan Carlos Ferro].