His full name is Edison Arantes do Nascimento. He was born 23 October 1940, in Três Corações, Minas Gerais, best known by his nickname as Pelé a Brazilian soccer player. Pelé named as one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century in 1999 by Time Magazine. Pelé is recognized as a legend and the best football player to ever play the game.
Pelé began playing professional football while in his teens. He assisted Brazil win its first World Cup victory in 1958. His performance that he has shown in the finals, including scoring two goals, made Pele an international impression. He participated for the professional Brazilian team Santos too from 1956 to 1974 and made contribution scoring more than 1,000 goals as long as his time with the club. Pele was the greatest football player ever, making score over 1200 goals in a glittering career that brought World Cup and World Club Championships as well.
When fans of soccer have a discussion concerning the greatest player of all time you will think over the skills of Pele, Maradona, Best and a number of other soccer legends but can anyone match the remarkable biography of Pele? Pele made score an astonishing 1281 goals in a career that covered 1360 games. That is almost an average of one goal per game. Pelé’s statistics are incredible.
Pelé was named second for the “Sportsman of the Century” award in 2000. And the legendary Muhammad Ali got the honors.
What mentioned below are some of his great Awards he achieved:
1977: North American Soccer League Champion
1978: International Peace Award
1993: National Soccer Hall of Fame
1999: Athlete of the Century
2000: Footballer of the Century
2000: Laureus World Sports Awards Lifetime Acheivement Award
2000: Sportsman of the Century
2005: BBC Sports Personality of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award
2007: FIFA Presidential Award