Name
Pelé
(Edson Arantes do Nascimento)

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Birth Place
Três Corações, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Position
Forward

Status
Deceased

Ethnicity
Hispanic

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1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)

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Soccer

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Edson Arantes do Nascimento (Brazilian Portuguese: ; 23 October 1940 – 29 December 2022), known mononymously as Pelé (Portuguese pronunciation: ), was a Brazilian professional footballer who played as a forward. Regarded as one of the greatest players of all time and labelled "the greatest" by FIFA, he was among the most successful and popular sports figures of the 20th century. In 1999, he was named Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee and was included in the Time list of the 100 most important people of the 20th century. In 2000, Pelé 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. His 1,279 goals in 1,363 games, which includes friendlies, is recognised as a Guinness World Record.

Pelé began playing for Santos at age 15 and the Brazil national team at 16. During his international career, he won three FIFA World Cups: 1958, 1962 and 1970, the only player to do so. He was nicknamed O Rei (The King) following the 1958 tournament. Pelé is the joint-top goalscorer for Brazil with 77 goals in 92 games. At the club level, he is Santos' all-time top goalscorer with 643 goals in 659 games. In a golden era for Santos, he led the club to the 1962 and 1963 Copa Libertadores, and to the 1962 and 1963 Intercontinental Cup. Credited with connecting the phrase "The Beautiful Game" with football, Pelé's "electrifying play and penchant for spectacular goals" made him a star around the world, and his teams toured internationally to take full advantage of his popularity. During his playing days, Pelé was for a period the best-paid athlete in the world. After retiring in 1977, Pelé was a worldwide ambassador for football and made many acting and commercial ventures. In 2010, he was named the honorary president of the New York Cosmos.

Averaging almost a goal per game throughout his career, Pelé was adept at striking the ball with either foot in addition to anticipating his opponents' movements on the field. While predominantly a striker, he could also drop deep and take on a playmaking role, providing assists with his vision and passing ability, and he would also use his dribbling skills to go past opponents. In Brazil, he is hailed as a national hero for his accomplishments in football and for his outspoken support of policies that improve the social conditions of the poor. His emergence at the 1958 World Cup, where he became the first black global sporting star, was a source of inspiration. Throughout his career and in his retirement, Pelé received several individual and team awards for his performance in the field, his record-breaking achievements, and his legacy in the sport.

In 1977, Brazilian media reported that Pelé had his right kidney removed. In November 2012, Pelé underwent a successful hip operation. In December 2017, Pelé appeared in a wheelchair at the 2018 World Cup draw in Moscow where he was pictured with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Diego Maradona. A month later, he collapsed from exhaustion and was taken to hospital. In 2019, after a hospitalisation because of a urinary tract infection, Pelé underwent surgery to remove kidney stones. In February 2020, his son Edinho reported that Pelé was unable to walk independently and reluctant to leave home, ascribing his condition to a lack of rehabilitation following his hip operation.

In September 2021, Pelé had surgery to remove a tumour on the right side of his colon. Although his eldest daughter Kely stated he was "doing well", he was reportedly readmitted to intensive care a few days later, before finally being released on 30 September 2021 to begin chemotherapy. In November 2022, ESPN Brasil reported that Pelé had been taken to hospital with "general swelling", along with cardiac issues and concerns that his chemotherapy treatment was not having the expected effect; his daughter Kely stated there was "no emergency".

In December 2022, the Albert Einstein Hospital where Pelé was being treated, stated that his tumour had advanced and he required "greater care related to renal and cardiac dysfunctions". He died at the hospital from multiple organ failure, a complication of colon cancer, on 29 December 2022, at the age of 82.



Career Honours

Campeonato Paulista
1973

Santos FC

FIFA Ballon d Or
1970

_Retired Soccer

FIFA World Cup
1970

Brazil

Campeonato Paulista
1969

Santos FC

Campeonato Paulista
1968

Santos FC

Brazilian Brasileirao
1968

Santos FC

Campeonato Paulista
1967

Santos FC

Campeonato Paulista
1965

Santos FC

Brazilian Brasileirao
1965

Santos FC

Campeonato Paulista
1964

Santos FC

FIFA Ballon d Or
1964

_Retired Soccer

Brazilian Brasileirao
1964

Santos FC

FIFA Ballon d Or
1963

_Retired Soccer

Brazilian Brasileirao
1963

Santos FC

Copa Libertadores
1963

Brazil

FIFA Club World Cup
1963

_Retired Soccer

Campeonato Paulista
1962

Santos FC

FIFA World Cup
1962

Brazil

Brazilian Brasileirao
1962

Santos FC

Copa Libertadores
1962

Brazil

FIFA Club World Cup
1962

_Retired Soccer

FIFA Ballon d Or
1961

_Retired Soccer

Brazilian Brasileirao
1961

Santos FC

Campeonato Paulista
1961

Santos FC

FIFA Ballon d Or
1960

_Retired Soccer

Campeonato Paulista
1960

Santos FC

FIFA Ballon d Or
1959

_Retired Soccer

FIFA Ballon d Or
1958

_Retired Soccer

FIFA Young Player
1958

Brazil

FIFA World Cup
1958

Brazil

Campeonato Paulista
1958

Santos FC


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FIFA World Cup Hat-Trick
1958-06-24


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1956-1974

1957-1971

1975-1977


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BrazilAppearancesInternational Friendlies19712

BrazilGoalsInternational Friendlies19711

BrazilMins PlayedInternational Friendlies1971135


BrazilAppearancesFIFA World Cup19706

BrazilAppearancesInternational Friendlies19703

BrazilAssistsFIFA World Cup19702

BrazilGoalsFIFA World Cup19704

BrazilGoalsInternational Friendlies19701

BrazilMins PlayedFIFA World Cup1970540

BrazilMins PlayedInternational Friendlies1970270


BrazilAppearancesFIFA World Cup19696

BrazilAppearancesInternational Friendlies19691

BrazilGoalsFIFA World Cup19696

BrazilMins PlayedFIFA World Cup1969517

BrazilMins PlayedInternational Friendlies196990


BrazilAppearancesInternational Friendlies19681

BrazilMins PlayedInternational Friendlies196890


BrazilAppearancesFIFA World Cup19662

BrazilAppearancesInternational Friendlies19661

BrazilGoalsFIFA World Cup19661

BrazilMins PlayedFIFA World Cup1966180

BrazilMins PlayedInternational Friendlies196690


BrazilAppearancesInternational Friendlies19658

Santos FCAppearancesCopa Libertadores19657

BrazilGoalsInternational Friendlies19659

Santos FCGoalsCopa Libertadores19658

BrazilMins PlayedInternational Friendlies1965720

Santos FCMins PlayedCopa Libertadores1965660


BrazilAppearancesInternational Friendlies19643

BrazilGoalsInternational Friendlies19642

BrazilMins PlayedInternational Friendlies1964270


BrazilAppearancesInternational Friendlies19637

Santos FCAppearancesCopa Libertadores19634

Santos FCAppearancesFIFA Club World Cup19631

BrazilGoalsInternational Friendlies19637

Santos FCGoalsCopa Libertadores19635

Santos FCGoalsFIFA Club World Cup19632

BrazilMins PlayedInternational Friendlies1963506

Santos FCMins PlayedCopa Libertadores1963360

Santos FCMins PlayedFIFA Club World Cup196390


BrazilAppearancesFIFA World Cup19622

BrazilAppearancesInternational Friendlies19622

Santos FCAppearancesCopa Libertadores19624

Santos FCAppearancesFIFA Club World Cup19622

BrazilGoalsFIFA World Cup19621

BrazilGoalsInternational Friendlies19621

Santos FCGoalsCopa Libertadores19624

Santos FCGoalsFIFA Club World Cup19625

BrazilMins PlayedFIFA World Cup1962180

BrazilMins PlayedInternational Friendlies1962180

Santos FCMins PlayedCopa Libertadores1962283

Santos FCMins PlayedFIFA Club World Cup1962180


BrazilAppearancesCopa America19596

BrazilAppearancesInternational Friendlies19591

BrazilGoalsCopa America19598

BrazilMins PlayedCopa America1959519

BrazilMins PlayedInternational Friendlies195990


BrazilAppearancesFIFA World Cup19584

BrazilGoalsFIFA World Cup19586

BrazilMins PlayedFIFA World Cup1958360


BrazilAppearancesInternational Friendlies19572

BrazilGoalsInternational Friendlies19572

BrazilMins PlayedInternational Friendlies1957180



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