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Pele (Perola Negra; Edson Arantes do Nascimento)

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Born: 1940 AD
Currently alive, at 73 years of age.

Nationality: Brazilian
Categories: Soccer Player

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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.


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