PELE By Hugo Orta
Childhood • Edison Arantes do Nascimiento, who we know as Pele, was born on October 23, 1940 in Três Corações, Brazil • Pelé grew up in poverty in Bauru, São Paulo. • He developed a talent for soccer by kicking a rolled-up sock stuffed with rags around the streets of Bauru.
Background • He tried out for the Santos professional soccer club when he was 15. • Pelé signed with Santos and immediately started practicing with the team's regulars.
Teams played for • Santos • New York Cosmos • Brazil
Career • At age 15, his career began in the Santos Football Club • In 1956, Pele joined the Brazil national team • Retired in 1974 • Returned to football in 1975, with a 7 million dollar contract for 3 years in the North American Soccer League (NASL) • Played in the New York Cosmos between 1975-1977
Records • In total Pele struck 1,281 goals in 1,363 games, • He holds the record for the most number of goals scored for the national team, which is a record that has stood for almost 40 years.
Titles • He won three World Cups, two World Club Championships and nine Sao Paulo State Championships.
Career after pro • Worked with UNICEF • Served as Brazil's Extraordinary Minister for Sport • A United Nations ambassador for ecology and the environment.
Quotes of Pele • "I was born to play football, just like Beethoven was born to write music and Michelangelo was born to paint” • “If you are first you are first. If you are second, you are nothing” • “The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning“ • “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”
Fun facts • Pele was named after American inventor Thomas Edison, his real name being Edison Arantes do Nascimiento. • Pele has never liked his nickname, admitting it sounds like "baby-talk • At 17, Pele became the youngest ever winner of a World Cup • Pele has helped raise millions for charitable causes including Great Ormond Street and Harlem Street Soccer.