- Full name is Edson Arantes Do Nascimento; childhood nickname was "Dico."
- Began playing soccer in a Brazilian minor league team, aged 16
- Scored 2 goals in championship World Cup game, helping Brazil beat Sweden (1958); he was 17, the youngest to play in World Cup finals.
- Brazil declared him a national treasure to keep him from being transferred to a team out of the country
- Scored Brazil's 100th World Cup goal with his head (1970)
- Ranks #1 in career goals: 1,280 in 1,360 games
- Holds world record for hat tricks (92) and number of goals scored in international play (97)
- Dubbed soccer "the beautiful game"
- Played two seasons with
New York Cosmos
- His final game was an exhibition match between NY Cosmos and his former Brazilian team
Santos; he played first half with the NY team, second half with the Brazilian team (1977).
- Composed entire soundtrack for the film, Pelé
- Inducted into
National Soccer Hall of Fame(1993)
IOCAthlete of the Century (1999)
- From 1956-1974, scored 1,220 goals – like hitting an average of 70 home runs a season for 15 years
- Scored an average of one goal per international game – like hitting a home run in every World Series game for 15 years
- In 1967, both sides in Nigerian civil war declared a 48-hour ceasefire, so Pelé could play an exhibition match in Lagos
Friday, February 20, 2009
Posted by Gord Dunphy at 10:19 PM