Football Legend Pele

Full Name: Edson Arantes do Nascimento
Profession: Football Legend


Biography: Regarded by many football critics, past players, current players and football fans in general to be the best player of all time.

In 1999, Pele was voted World Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS).

After retiring in 1977, he became a worldwide ambassador for football.

Born: October 23, 1940
Birthplace: Três Corações, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Scorpio

Died: December 29, 2022 (aged 82)
Cause of Death: Colon cancer

Married Life

  • 1994-04-30 Brazilian soccer great Pelé (53) weds psychologist Assiria Seixas Lemos (36); divorce in 2008

Historical Events

  • 1958-06-29 FIFA World Cup Final, Råsunda Stadium, Stockholm, Sweden: Vavá & Pelé each score 2 goals as Brazil beats Sweden, 5-2
  • 1969-11-20 Brazilian soccer icon Pelé scores his 1,000th goal
  • 1970-06-21 FIFA World Cup Final, Estadio Azteca, Mexico City: Brazil and Pelé become first team and player to win World Cup 3 times, beating Italy, 4-1 in front of 107,412
  • 1977-10-01 Brazilian soccer great Pelé plays his final game for the New York Cosmos in an exhibition against Santos in front of 75,000 at Giants Stadium; 1,281 goals in 1,363 games
  • 2023-04-26 Brazilian Portuguese-language Michaelis dictionary adds "pelé" as a new adjective to its online edition, meaning "exceptional, incomparable, unique"

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