Pele was born on October 23, 1940, his real name was Edson Arantes. They were named after the scientist Thomas Edison. The family fondly called him ‘Deko’, when and how Edson or Deko became pale, they did not know, but this name became known to Edson all over the world.

Pele’s early life was spent in extreme poverty in Sao Paulo, he also worked in a tea shop to supplement the household income. Football was taught by his father but he did not even have shoes to play. Pele played football only wearing socks. And show your charisma in the game.

He started playing futsal at the age of 14 and at the age of 15 became a professional footballer with the Brazilian club Santos and became the league’s top scorer at the age of sixteen.

In 1957, Pele was included in the Brazilian national team. Pele also became Brazil’s youngest goalscorer by scoring in his first match against Argentina at the age of 16 years and 9 months.

From here the journey to Pele Heights began and there was no looking back. Pele’s record of scoring the most international goals for Brazil so far was equaled by Neymar at the Qatar World Cup.

Today the world is saddened by the passing away of this greatest footballer.

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  1. I was born I 1953 so remember Pele well,And loved watching him play.He could change a game round on his own almost, Remember his over head kicks and the great goals he scored. But most of all hit is the gentleman he was I miss the most. Rest in peace Pele you where simply the best.

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