Pelé facts for kids
|Full name||Edison Arantes do Nascimento|
|Date of birth||23 October 1940|
|Place of birth||Três Corações, Brazil|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Playing position||Striker (retired)|
|1975-1977||New York Cosmos||(35)|
Edison Arantes do Nascimento, more commonly known as just Pelè, was born 23 October 1940 in Três Corações.
He is a former Brazilian football player. Pelé is the most successful league goal scorer in the world, with 541 league goals. In total Pelé scored 1281 goals in 1363 games, including unofficial friendlies and tour games, for which he was listed in the Guinness World Records for most career goals scored in the history of football.
He was given the title "Football Player of the Century" by FIFA. Many believe that he is the best player in the history of football.
From 1956 to 1974 he played for Santos, had 605 appearances, and scored 589 goals. From 1975-1977 he played for New York Cosmos, when he had 64 appearances, and scored 37 goals. Then from 1978-1980 he played for XI Classic till he retired playing football at 40 years of age.
Club career statistics
|1975||New York Cosmos||NASL||9||5|
International career statistics
|Brazil national team|
- Santos (Official Tournaments)
- Campeonato Paulista: 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969 and 1973
- Torneio Rio-São Paulo: 1959, 1963 and 1964
- Torneio Roberto Gomes Pedrosa (Taça de Prata): 1968
- Taça Brasil: 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964 and 1965
- Copa Libertadores: 1962 and 1963
- Intercontinental Cup: 1962 and 1963
- South-American Recopa: 1968
- Recopa Intercontinental: 1968
- New York Cosmos
- NASL Champions: 1977
Images for kids
Pelé signing a football for U.S. President Richard Nixon at the White House in 1973, two years before joining the New York Cosmos
Pelé, front row second from right, before the match against Peru in the 1970 World Cup
Mário Zagallo (Brazil's 1970 coach with Pelé in 2008). Zagallo said of Pelé: "A kid in Sweden [1958 World Cup] gave signs of genius, and in Mexico [1970 World Cup] he fulfilled all that promise and closed the book with a golden key. And I had the privilege to see it all from close up."
Pelé dribbling past a defender while playing for Brazil, May 1960.
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