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Black Pearl, the Greatest footballer of all time, and Footballer of the century these are the name given to the legendary Brazilian soccer player Pele, who died at the age of 82.
Pele was struggling with health issues for the past few years. He was suffering from colon cancer.
No one in the soccer world not even Messi and Ronaldo can reach to the level of this legendary player.
Pele's name is booked in Guinness World Record with a total of 1,279 goals in 1,363 games.
The legendary player will be laid to rest at Memorial Necropole Ecumenic cemetery in Santos.
The Best Moments of Pele on the Football Field
The only legend who was born into football is Pele, before him, no one achieved the level of success he had attained in the field of football.
He could run 100 miles in just 11 seconds. He played with his both legs.
The world first saw a glimpse of their legendary player in 1958, when he made his debut at the age of 17 in the 1958 World Cup.
He scored a total of 6 goals with a hat-trick in the semifinals against France.
It was his first world cup win in 1958, later he was on the world cup squad and won the 1962 and 1970 matches.
Altogether Pele won three world cup matches.
Pele's fast speed and best dribbling style made him the greatest footballer.
Check the best goals and skills of Pele
The Life Journey of Brazilian ‘O Rei’ (King) Pele
Pele's real name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento born on 23rd October. His father was footballer Dondinho and his mother was Celeste Arantes.
He got his nickname Pele during his school days. He joined his first football club at the age of 15 Santos FC under coach Lula.
He joined the Brazilian National Team at the age of 16 and debuted in his first world cup match in 1958 where he scored a total of 6 goals. Brazil won that world cup match.
After that many professional football clubs like Juventus, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Inter Milan, and Valencia CF but their efforts failed.
He is the only player who won three world cup matches in 1958, 62, and 70.
His native football club Santos didn’t want him to leave so in 1961 government of Brazil under president Janio Quadros declare Pele an “official national treasure”.
He remain in that club for a long time but after his retirement in 1974.
He joined the New York Cosmos in 1974. He took retirement in 1977.
He got so many awards includes -:
- Knighthood in 1997 from Queen Elizabeth II
- Olympic Order by the International Olympic Committee 2016
- In 2014 Pele awarded FIFA Ballon d’Or Prix d’Honneur
- In 2000 the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) voted Pele the World Player of the Century
And many more.
Legendary Player Pele died today but the world will forever remember the King of Football.