The world’s most famous striker was born on October 23, 1940. He is the most famous and one of the highest-paid footballers in history.
Pele played three World Cups with his home country, Brazil. Pele played in three World Cups and won three in 1958, 1962, and 1970. In his early days, Pele expected to get a chance to play for good football clubs, but good clubs rejected him until 1956. He got the chance to play for Santos Football Club as a left forward and helped his team win nine Sao Paulo League titles. In the 1965s, Pele became a national hero of Brazil.
After he helped the Brazil team win the 1958 World Cup, he was declared the national treasure of Brazil by the government of Brazil.
November 19, 1969, is a day written in history with golden ink. He played his 909th first-class match and scored his 1000th goal.
Let’s go back to when Pele joined international football and changed the football game. He made his debut in 1957 at the age of only 16 years. In 1958, the Brazilian striker played his first world cup, which Brazil won. Before the World Cup started, the Brazil team manager hesitated to invite young players to play in the match. Due to Pele’s passion and eagerness, the manager allowed him to play. During his first match, he assisted, and in the semi-finals against France, Pele scored a hat-trick.
In the 1962 World Cup, Pele’s luck did not work. While playing the tournament’s second match, his thigh muscle was stretched, and the player had to sit on the bench for the rest of the game. But still, without his presence, Brazil won the 1962 World Cup.
The 1966 World Cup turned out to be disastrous for both Brazil and Pele. The Brazil team was out of the tournament during the first round of the World Cup. After this, he announced their retirement from international football.
In 1970, the Brazilian team management asked him to take back his retirement and play in the 1970 World Cup. Brazil’s team was stronger and better in the 1970 World Cup. Brazil had both young and professional talent on their side. He ended his World Cup career with 12 goals in 14 games and lifted the World Cup trophy in 1970.
In the 1960s, Pele was playing for Santos, and they went to Nigeria to play with a local club. There was a Civil War going on at that time in Nigeria. Both sides agreed to stop fighting for 48 hours so that Pele could play in the league match. In 1978, he was given the International Peace Award for this role.
In 1980, a French sports publication, L’Equipe, named Pele the athlete of the century. Later in 1999, the International Olympic Committee gave him the same award.
Brazil’s government opened a Pele Museum in Santos, Brazil, to honor his contributions. Pele’s biography, which has sold millions of copies, is a popular read. Numerous movies and documentaries have been made about Pele.
He also holds a Guinness World Record for playing 1363 matches in his career and scoring 1279 goals.
The net worth of the Brazilian star was around $100 million. During his career, he did not earn that much from playing football. But due to his sheer skills and fan following, the player earned a lot from brand endorsements and advertisements after his retirement.
Death of Pele
Pele died on December 29, 2022. The player was 82 years old. He was a footballer who broke multiple records during his lifetime.
In 2021, the player was diagnosed with cancer, and on November 29, he was hospitalized but lost the battle against cancer. He died in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with all his family by his side at the time of his death.