Pele Soccer – Early Life
Pelé was born Edson Arantes do Nascimento on 23 October 1940, in Três Corações, Minas Gerais, Brazil. He is the son of Fluminense footballer Dondinho (born João Ramos do Nascimento) and Celeste Arantes.
He received the nickname “Pelé” during his school days. Later his friends gave him name pele as this pronunciation of the name of his favorite player, local Vasco da Gama goalkeeper Bilé.
Pele Soccer grew up in poverty in Bauru in the state of São Paulo.
He played for several amateur teams in his youth, including Sete de Setembro, Canto do Rio, São Paulinho, and Amériquinha. In 1956, de Brito took Pelé to Santos, an industrial and port city located near São Paulo, to try out for professional club Santos FC.
Pelé impressed Santos coach Lula during his trial at the Estádio Vila Belmiro. He signed a professional contract with the club in June 1956. Local media highly promoted Pele as a future superstar.
Pele Soccer – Success
Pelé began playing for Santos at age 15 and the Brazil national team at 16. During his international career, he won three FIFA World Cups: 1958, 1962 and 1970, being the only player ever to do so.
Pelé is the all-time leading goalscorer for Brazil with 77 goals in 92 games. At club level he is the record goalscorer for Santos, and led them to the 1962 and 1963 Copa Libertadores.
Since retiring in 1977, Pelé has been a worldwide ambassador for football and has made many acting and commercial ventures. In 2010, he was named the Honorary President of the New York Cosmos.
Pele Soccer average almost a goal per game throughout his career. Pele Soccer was adept at striking the ball with either foot in addition to anticipating his opponents’ movements on the field.
While predominantly a striker, he could also drop deep and take on a playmaking role, providing assists with his vision and passing ability. He would also use his dribbling skills to go past opponents.