Pelé

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Pelé
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Personal information
Full name Edison Arantes do Nascimento
Date of birth 23 October 1940 (1940-10-23) (age 76)
Place of birth Três Corações, Brazil
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Striker (retired)
Youth career
1952-1956 Bauru
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1956-1974 Santos (1124)
1975-1977 New York Cosmos (65)
National team
1957-1971 Brazil
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Pelé, Edison Arantes do Nascimento, was born 23 October, 1940 in Três Corações.,[1]

He is a former Brazilian football player. Pelé is the most successful league goal scorer in the world, with 541 league goals. In total Pelé scored 1281 goals in 1363 games, including unofficial friendlies and tour games, for which he was listed in the Guinness World Records for most career goals scored in football.

He was given the title "Football Player of the Century" by FIFA. Many think he is the best player in history.

Teams[change | change source]

From 1956 to 1974 he played for Santos, had 605 appearances, and scored 589 goals.[2] From 1975-1977 he played for New York Cosmos, when he had 64 appearances, and scored 37 goals.[2] Then from 1978-1980 he played for XI Classic then he retired at playing football at 40 years old.

Club career statistics[change | change source]

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Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals
Brazil League
1971 Santos Série A 21 1
1972 16 5
1973 30 19
1974 17 9
United States League
1975 New York Cosmos NASL 9 5
1976 22 13
1977 25 13
Country Brazil 84 34
United States 56 31
Total 140 65

International career statistics[change | change source]

Pelé cries on the shoulder of Gilmar dos Santos Neves, after Brazil won the 1958 Cup.
Pelé (crouched, second from right to left) and Brazil national team at 1959 Copa America

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Brazil national team
Year Apps Goals
1957 2 2
1958 7 9
1959 9 11
1960 6 4
1961 0 0
1962 8 8
1963 7 7
1964 3 2
1965 8 9
1966 9 5
1967 0 0
1968 7 4
1969 9 7
1970 15 8
1971 2 1
Total 92 77

Honours[change | change source]

Pelé at the White House on 10 September 1986, with U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Brazil President José Sarney.
Pelé with U.S. President Bill Clinton in Rio de Janeiro, 15 October 1997.

Club[change | change source]

Country[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Anibal Massaini Neto (Director/Producer), (2004). Pelé Eterno [Documentary film]. Brazil: Anima Producoes Audiovisuais Ltda. International: Universal Studios Home Video.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Prolific Scorers Data". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. http://www.rsssf.com/players/prolific.html#pele. Retrieved 2008-05-30.
  3. http://www.national-football-teams.com/v2/player.php?id=18637
  4. http://www.rsssf.com/miscellaneous/pele-intlg.html
  5. The 1973 Paulista was held jointly with Portuguesa.
  6. The 1964 Torneio Rio-São Paulo was held jointly with Botafogo.