Have you heard of……………Edson Arantes Di Nascimento

Pele

Hello Wednesday still Wednesday morning here for another16 minutes, I did not want to get up this morning but of course staying in bed was out of the question. So it is have you heard of day and today I am asking if you have heard of Edson Arantes Di Nascimento….yes/no…..I have heard of him when I was watching “The Chase” but know nothing about him.

Anyway he was a football player aka soccer player, he was better known as Pelé, he was a Brazilian and considered the greatest World Cup player of all time, his Brazilian team won three World Cups, although he missed one of the finals through injury.

He scored twelve goals in finals tournaments, his first against Wales in 1958, He started club football with Santos at just 15yrs of age and played for Brazil at 16yrs of age, when he scored after just ten minutes against Argentina.

He scored his first thousand goals in only 909 games, at the end of his career he played for New York Cosmos in the U S A. In his last game against his old club Santos he played for both sides during the match and he scored, of course.

In 1999, he was voted World Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS), and was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the Century award. That same year, Pelé was elected Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee. According to the IFFHS, Pelé is the most successful league goal-scorer in the world, scoring 1281 goals in 1363 games, which included unofficial friendlies and tour games. During his playing days, Pelé was for a period the best-paid athlete in the world.

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4 thoughts on “Have you heard of……………Edson Arantes Di Nascimento

  1. Just goes to show, you are never too old to learn something new. I always knew that he had a “proper” name but never knew what it was. Thank you for the enlightenment.

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