Pele was a member of 3-Brazilian World Cup-champion teams. He was very popular in his time. Even today, soccer treats him as the greatest soccer player of all time.
Pele And His Early Career
Pele was born on October 23, 1940, in Brazil. Through his performance in the 1958 world cup, he became a superstar. He was there for two decades, and this was his professional performance that even today people remember. In his career whole career, he won almost 3-world cups. Late in his career, he decided to join New York Cosmos. In 1999, he was awarded as FIFA Co-player of the Century. He became the global ambassador for soccer, and he is also working for many other humanitarian causes.
Dico was his nickname, and he was named after Thomas Edison. When he was young, his family moved to the city of Bauru. He is from a low-income family, and his father was struggling to earn for their living. Throughout his childhood, he grew up and experienced poverty. But poverty didn’t stop him. He succeeded in developing all kinds of rudimentary talent, even in this situation for soccer.
Pele doesn’t have a ball to play with. He was kicking a rolled-up sock by filling it with rags found on the street as he plays in the streets of Bauru. He is the other nickname, but there is no clarity behind why he was called with this name by his team.
At an early age, he found a place in the youth squad that was coached by Waldemar de Brito. This coach was a former member of the very popular Brazilian national soccer team. Later this coach succeeded in convincing Pele, and because of this, Pele tried out for the Santos professional soccer club. He was just 15 when he joined this team.
Soccer’s National Treasure
After signing with Santos, he started his tremendous practice. Even before he was 16, he scored his first professional goal. However, because of his talent, he got recruited to the Brazilian national team.
In the 1958 World Cup final, the world saw the greatest player and it was the time when he got introduced to the globe. He displayed unimaginable speed in this game. He became popular for his field vision and athleticism. When the team won semi-finals, Pele scored three goals against France. Later, two more goals in finals, and they won.
Pele Won World Cup Titles
He was the part of the team that won the world cup. In 1974 he called his retirement. But again he came back and played very next year. The last game was in 1977 October, and by his retirement, he took a total of 1,281 goals and a total of 1,363 games.
Pele The Legend
There was nothing that retirement could do to his public profile. Even after retirement, he was the very popular pitchman, and even after a few years of he was active in all kinds of professional arenas. He was one of the legends that soccer encountered, and people recall his name even today.