Pelé had about a two-decade career playing the most intensive and thrilling sport, and his life story leaves most people in amazement. Pelé left us all with some sort of inspiration.
“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” says Pelé.
The legendary football player Edson Arantes do Nascimento, commonly known as Pelé,” was born on October 23, 1940, in Três Corações, Brazil.
In terms of his personal life, Pelé had three marriages, several affairs, and a total of seven children. His most recent marriage was with Marcia Aoki, a Brazilian-Japanese importer of medical supplies from Penápolis, in 2016.
In Bauru, Pelé was raised in poverty. Joao Ramos, his father, taught him how to play soccer. Pelé would play with a sock filled with newspaper before tying it up with a string.
In his younger years, he played in amateur leagues for Sete de Setembro, Canto do Rio, São Paulinho, and Ameriquinha.
Pelé worked as a tea shop waiter to support his family. He struggled greatly and was homeless at one point. He and many other children were inspired to pursue success in this fantastic sport. Pelé’s family allowed him to leave his hometown to try out for a soccer team. On September 7, 1956, Pelé joined the soccer team Santos FC at age 15. He was the best scorer in the Brazilian league a year later. He was selected for the national team at that point.
During his two decades as a professional player in Brazil, Pelé won three World Cups. A global champion for soccer and other social causes, he was named FIFA Co-Player of the Century in 1999. In addition, he was known as the athlete of the century.
Pelé was encouraged to come back for the 1970 World Cup four years later. Some of the most famous World Cup moments from that year’s competition were present. One of those moments occurred in the championship when Pelé headed the ball into the net. Pelé scored the first goal as Brazil defeated Italy four-to-one.
Because of his greatness, Pelé was targeted by numerous other professional players who felt threatened by him. He suffered an injury during the 1966 World Cup, which gave England the trophy.
Pelé achieved numerous things that soccer players only dream of doing throughout his roughly two-decade career.
On July 18, 1971, Pelé played his last international game against Yugoslavia.
We will always be aware of the impact he had on people all over the world even though he rose out of poverty and accomplished a great deal.