Edson Arantes do NascimentoDagdya
October 23, 1940
Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele is a retired Brazilian footballer. He is regarded by many experts, football critics, former players, current players and football fans in general as the best player of all time.In 1999, he was voted World Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics.The same year, influential France Football magazine consulted their former Ballon D’Or winners to elect the Football Player of the Century. Pele came in first place.In 1999, Pele was elected “Athlete of the Century” by the IOC, and was named in Time magazine’s list of 100 most influential people of the 20th century.
According to the IFFHS, Pele is the most successful league goal scorer in the world, with 541 league goals.In total Pele scored 1281 goals in 1363 games, for which he was honoured by the Guinness World Records for the most career goals scored in football. During his playing days, Pele was for a period the best paid athlete in the world.In his native Brazil, he is hailed as a national hero, for his accomplishments in football, and for his vocal support of policies to improve the social conditions of the poor.In 1961, President Janio Quadros had Pele declared a national treasure.During his career, he became known as “The Black Pearl” (Perola Negra), “The King of Football” (O Rei do Futebol), “The King Pele” (O Rei Pele) or simply “The King” (O Rei).
Pele began playing for Santos at 15 and the Brazil national football team at 16. He won three FIFA World Cups; 1958, 1962 and 1970, the only player ever to do so, and is the all-time leading goalscorer for Brazil.He is also the record goalscorer for Santos, and led them to the 1962 and 1963 Copa Libertadores.Pele’s electrifying play and penchant for spectacular goals made him a star around the world, and his club team Santos toured internationally in order to take full advantage of his popularity.
Since retiring in 1977, Pele has been a worldwide ambassador for football and has undertaken various acting roles and commercial ventures. In 2010, he was named the Honorary President of the New York Cosmos.