[4][7] He received the nickname "Pelé" during his school days, when it is claimed he was given it because of his pronunciation of the name of his favorite player, local Vasco da Gama goalkeeper Bilé, which he misspoke but the more he complained the more it stuck. Pelé's father and wife both attended the match, as well as Muhammad Ali and Bobby Moore.
[72] Brazil lost that game and Pelé, although still recovering, was brought back for the last crucial match against Portugal at Goodison Park in Liverpool by the Brazilian coach Vicente Feola. [135], In 1970, Pelé was investigated by the Brazilian military dictatorship for suspected leftist sympathies. [note 1][8], Pelé grew up in poverty in Bauru in the state of São Paulo. In their semi-final match, Brazil faced Uruguay for the first time since the 1950 World Cup final round match. See, This number was inferred from a Santos fixture list from. Criticisms over the ban were perceived to have negatively affected Havelange's chances of re-election as FIFA's president in 1994. [24], Among the most successful and popular sports figures of the 20th century,[110] Pelé is one of the most lauded players in the history of football and has been frequently ranked the best player ever. [27], In the 1964 Copa Libertadores, Santos were beaten in both legs of the semi-finals by Independiente. In July 2016, he married Marcia Aoki, a Japanese-Brazilian importer of medical equipment from Penápolis, São Paulo. BORN in Romford, the nickname given to Parlour was originally a tongue-in-cheek jibe from fellow Arsenal star Marc Overmars. Pelé scored twice in the playoff match to secure the first title for a Brazilian club. [67], Pelé was called to the national team in early 1969, he refused at first, but then accepted and played in six World Cup qualifying matches, scoring six goals. You have the real special one – Mr. [125] They had two daughters and one son: Kelly Cristina (born 13 January 1967), who married Dr. Arthur DeLuca, Jennifer (b. [5][6] He was originally nicknamed "Dico" by his family. [54][55], Pelé arrived in Sweden sidelined by a knee injury but on his return from the treatment room, his colleagues stood together and insisted upon his selection. [141], In 1977, Brazilian media reported that Pelé had his right kidney removed. ", "My name is Ronald Reagan, I'm the President of the United States of America. I remember Saldanha the coach being asked by a Brazilian journalist who was the best goalkeeper in his squad. In 1957, the Paulista Championship was divided in two phases: Blue Series and White Series. [32] This proved to be the start of a decline as Santos failed to retain the Torneio Rio-São Paulo. Known for connecting the phrase "The Beautiful Game" with football, Pelé's "electrifying play and penchant for spectacular goals" made him a star around the world, and his teams toured internationally in order to take full advantage of his popularity. [57] He was the youngest player of that tournament, and at the time the youngest ever to play in the World Cup. "[150] The Brazilian President had eliminated the post of Sports Minister in 1998. [134] They married in July 2016. [42], Pelé made his debut for the Cosmos on 15 June 1975 against the Dallas Tornado at Downing Stadium, scoring one goal in a 2–2 draw. Santos ended up playing to a 2–2 draw with Lagos side Stationary Stores FC and Pelé scored his team's goals. [9] In 2014, the city of Santos inaugurated the Pelé museum – Museu Pelé – which displays a 2,400 piece collection of Pelé memorabilia. In the 1962 World Cup, his campaign was halted with an injury and he remained out of the most of the tournament. In 1999, Time magazine named Pelé one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century. [160] Pelé was asked to participate in the 2006 ESPN documentary film Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos, but declined when the producers refused to pay his requested $100,000 fee. [74] The 1970 World Cup in Mexico was expected to be Pelé's last. [128], From 1981 to 1986, Pelé was romantically linked with TV presenter Xuxa, which was influential in launching her career. The 1964 Torneio Rio-São Paulo was held jointly with. [31] Pelé would, however, finish as the topscorer of the tournament with eight goals. [161], In November 2007, Pelé was in Sheffield, England to mark the 150th anniversary of the world's oldest football club, Sheffield F.C. Two good feet. [67] In the first match of the 1962 World Cup in Chile, against Mexico, Pelé assisted the first goal and then scored the second one, after a run past four defenders, to go up 2–0. The club did, however, win the Campeonato Paulista in 1967, 1968 and 1969. [170][171] Later on the same day, Pelé appeared at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, following the handover section to the next host city for the 2016 Summer Olympics, Rio de Janeiro. The ballet blanco, the nickname given to Santos for Pelé, managed to retain the title after victories over Botafogo and Boca Juniors.

Pelé was born Edson Arantes do Nascimento on 23 October 1940, in Três Corações, Minas Gerais, Brazil, the son of Fluminense footballer Dondinho (born João Ramos do Nascimento) and Celeste Arantes. [245][246], Pelé's statistics of goals and appearances differ between sources mostly due to friendly games. Michelle Roehm McCann (2012). [41] Pelé finished his official playing career by leading the New York Cosmos to their first Soccer Bowl title with a 2–1 win over the To see all content on The Sun, please use the Site Map. Could outrun people. The victory allowed Santos to participate in the Copa Libertadores, the most prestigious club tournament in the Western hemisphere.
[61], Pelé also played in the South American Championship. [115], Presenting Pelé the Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award, former South African president Nelson Mandela said; "To watch him play was to watch the delight of a child combined with the extraordinary grace of a man in full. [88], Pelé's last international match was on 18 July 1971 against Yugoslavia in Rio de Janeiro. "[117] After a reporter asked if his fame compared to that of Jesus, Pelé quipped, "There are parts of the world where Jesus Christ is not so well known. Pelé has married three times, and has had several affairs, producing several children. [10] Pelé led Bauru Athletic Club juniors (coached by Waldemar de Brito) to two São Paulo state youth championships. [41], In 1975, one week before the Lebanese Civil War, Pelé played a friendly game for the Lebanese club Nejmeh against a team of Lebanese Premier League stars,[44] scoring two goals which were not included in his official tally.