Pelé


Italy v Brazil, 12 May 1963

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, KBE (Brazilian Portuguese; born 23 October 1940), known as Pelé ([peˈlɛ]), is a Brazilian retired professional footballer who played as a forward. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. … 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. 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. … Averaging almost a goal per game throughout his career, Pelé 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, and he would also use his dribbling skills to go past opponents. In Brazil, he is hailed as a national hero for his accomplishments in football and for his outspoken support of policies that improve the social conditions of the poor. Throughout his career and in his retirement, Pelé received several individual and team awards for his performance in the field, his record-breaking achievements, and legacy in the sport. … As there is no video footage of this match, Pelé asked that a computer animation be made of this specific goal. In March 1961, Pelé scored the gol de placa (goal worthy of a plaque), against Fluminense at the Maracanã. Pelé received the ball on the edge of his own penalty area, and ran the length of the field, eluding opposition players with feints, before striking the ball beyond the goalkeeper. A plaque was commissioned with a dedication to ‘the most beautiful goal in the history of the Maracanã’. In 1967, the two factions involved in the Nigerian Civil War agreed to a 48-hour ceasefire so they could watch Pelé play an exhibition game in Lagos. …”
Wikipedia
Did Pelé–by playing a match in Nigeria–cause a ceasefire during the Biafran War?
Forbes: 50 Years On From Pelé’s 1,000th Goal, It Has Become Necessary To Reaffirm His Greatness
Esquire: Pelé
YouTube: PELÉ – FIFA Classic Player, Where Pele comes from


Pelé (left) playing for Santos FC in a match against the Oakland Clippers at the Oakland Coliseum, California, 1967

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