Pelé, is a Brazilian retired professional footballer who played as a forward.

Early Life

He began his domestic career at the age of 15 and made his national debut next year.

This was a massive achievement keeping the fact in mind that during childhood, Pele was so poor that he could not afford to buy a football.

Pelé was proficient at striking the ball with either foot.

Unrivalled achievements

Pelé is the most successful domestic league goal-scorer in football history scoring 650 goals in 694 League matches. 

In total he scored 1281 goals in 1363 games including the unofficial friendlies.

It is a Guinness World Record.

A stellar International Career

He is the only player to have won three FIFA World Cups: 1958, 1962 and 1970, during his international career.

In 1999, he was voted as the joint winner of the FIFA Player of the Century award.

He was voted as Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in that same year.

Since retiring in 1977, Pelé has been a worldwide ambassador for football.

Interesting Facts

👉 He has the world’s shortest address; If you address a letter to Pele, Brazil, it’ll reach him.

👉 Mob of hundreds raced onto the pitch to celebrate his 1000th goal. It took 30 minutes for the game to resume.

👉 In Brazil, Coca-Cola sponsors a Pele museum on wheels that travels throughout the country.

👉 On October 1, 1977, Pele played his last game as a footballer as Santos played New York Cosmos at the Giants Stadium. He played the first half of the game for the American club and the second half for Santos..