Currently alive, at 78 years of age.
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1940 – Edson Arantes do Nascimento, born on the 23rd of October, in Três Corações, Brazil), best known by his nickname Pelé, is a former Brazilian football (soccer) player, and is regarded by many as one of the greatest footballers of all time.
1956 – Joined the Santos Football Club and stayed with the club helping the team to nine championships in 18 years.
1958 – Brazilian Cup final was perhaps his most famous match, with Pelé scoring two goals in Brazil’s 4-2 win over Sweden.
1966 – First marriage to Rosemeri, with whom he had three children.
1969 – Scored his 1000th career goal on the 19th of November, in game in Rio de Janeiro; he went on to score over 1200 goals in his professional career.
1974 – Played his last game for Santos on the 3rd of October.
1975 – Became more famous in America, when he came out of retirement to play for the New York Cosmos of the infant North American Soccer League.
1977 – Retired again after leading the Cosmos to the NASL championship.
1994 – Second marriage to Assiria on the 30th of April and the couple have two children.
1999 – Was named Athlete of the Century by the world’s combined National Olympic Committees, though he never played in the Olympics himself.
2000 – Named Footballer of the Century by FIFA. The award was intended to be based upon votes in a web poll, but after it became apparent that it favoured Diego Maradona, many observers complained that the Internet nature of the poll would have meant a skewed demographic of younger fans who would have seen Maradona play, but not Pelé.