Facts about Pelé

Pele showing his skills during 1958 World Cup

Di Stefano was manufactured on earth, Pele was made in heaven.

Noted English football writer Geoffrey Green

Brazilian football superstar Edson Arantes do Nascimento, famously known as Pelé, was discovered by football scouts at age 11 and began playing professionally at age 16. He played in his first World Cup at age 17, that was in 1958 and hosted by Sweden.

Pelé scored a phenomenal six goals and helping Brazil secure its first World Cup victory beating Sweden 5–2 in the final.

Pele was appointed as Minister of Sport in Brazil in 1995, serving until 1998.

On November 19, 1969, Pele scored his 1000th career goal. Hundreds raced onto the pitch to mob the Brazilian star and it took over 30 minutes for the game to resume.

Pelé ranks fifth among FIFA World Cup players by goals scored (12).

In 2000, Pelé was named second in the BBC’s “Sportsman of the Century” award. Boxing legend Muhammad Ali came first.