⚽ Pele - The King Of Football!

:soccer: Edson Arantes do Nascimento (born 23 October 1940) also called Pele is a legendary sporting figure and an iconic soccer player who during his active years ruled the game to the point of being called the ‘King of Football’. Till date, he is widely regarded by football fans, critics, experts and players as the greatest player of all time.

:crown: :soccer: Nicknamed ‘The King’, Pele, with his impeccable style, electrifying play and impressive performance scored a total of 1281 goals in 1363 games. Pele is the most successful domestic league goal-scorer in football history scoring 650 goals in 694 League matches.

:medal_sports: He became the youngest ever soccer player to score a World Cup goal, when he scored a goal against Wales in 1958 World Cup and also holds the record of becoming the youngest player to score a hat-trick in World Cup. He is also the youngest football player to play in a World Cup final match.

:trophy: He was the star in Brazil’s World Cup win in 1958, 1962 & 1970.

:raised_hands: :medal_military: Pele received numerous prestigious honors, The International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) voted him as the ‘Football Player of the Century’ in 1999. Additionally, he was elected as the ‘Athlete of the Century’ by the International Olympic Committee.

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Gifted and most iconic footballer! This ball trick was just amazing. :innocent:

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Amazing Skills! Latino Footie on display in it’s full glory!

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The King - Happy 80th Birthday! :birthday: :balloon: :confetti_ball:

Renowned Brazilian graffiti artist Eduardo ‘Kobra’ paid homage to Pele with a mural in the coastal city of Santos, the city where Pele started his professional career as a 15-year-old prodigy in 1955.

To thank his supporters, Pele recorded a song with Grammy-winning Mexican duo Rodrigo and Gabriela, billed as “a little birthday present for his fans and himself”.

“Acredita No Véio” was originally written by Pelé in 2005 while working with his regular musical partner, the Brazilian jazz musician and arranger Ruria Duprat . With the help of Rodrigo Sánchez and Gabriela Quintero, the song took on new life.

Along with the sunny, clap-along tune, sung in Portuguese by Pelé and a chorus of young backing vocalists, the song features both actual and illustrated clips of Pelé in action.

Pelé Ft. Rodrigo y Gabriela – “Acredita No Véio (Listen To The Old Man)”

Pele will celebrate his birthday quietly, as he does almost every year, pandemic or not.

"The King" has suffered from a series of health problems in recent years, but has not lost his charisma or sense of humor.

"I’m fine, it’s just I won’t be able to play (football)," he said jokingly in a video call with the head of the Brazilian Football Confederation earlier this week.

In my opinion, Pele is the most loved, admired, and respected role model worldwide for his genuine humility and honesty. Salute to the Legend! :soccer: :raised_hands:

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Happy Birthday Legend

There are records in Pele’s name which shows why he is called the King of Football

Most FIFA World Cup winners medal for an individual

Most career goals in football

Most career hat-tricks

Youngest player to score hat-trick in FIFA World Cup

Youngest player to score in a FIFA World Cup final

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Happy Birthday Pele! Iconic Footballer - GOAT! :soccer: :heart:

Journey of the Legend

  • 1956 Begins pro career with Santos Football Club

  • 1957 Picked to play on Brazil’s National Team

  • 1958 Electrifies soccer world with first World Cup appearance

  • 1961 Declared a national treasure by Brazil’s president

  • 1962 Leads Brazil to second World Cup victory

  • 1970 Leads Brazil to victory in his final World Cup

  • 1974 Retires from play with Santos

  • 1975 Comes out of retirement to play for New York Cosmos

  • 1977 Retires from Cosmos

  • 1994 Named Brazil’s Minister of Sports

In 1966, Brazil played Bulgaria in the opening game of the World Cup, and Bulgaria fouled Pele brutally and repeatedly. He had to sit out a game to recover, and he returned to action as Brazil faced Portugal needing to win to stay alive in the tournament. With Portugal leading 2-0, a player tripped Pele and then stepped on his knee. No foul was called though Pele was severely injured, and Brazil lost the World Cup. He vowed never to play in another World Cup.

In 1969, Pele bowed to pressure and agreed to play in the World Cup in Mexico City, Mexico, in 1970. Brazil won every game, beating Italy in the finals, and Pele became the first person ever to play on three World Cup champions.

The only player in history to win three World Cups (1958, 1962 and 1970)

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Happy :eight::soccer:th Birthday to Football Legend! :confetti_ball:

Awards and Accomplishments :brazil: :soccer: :medal_sports:

1956, 1958, 1960-62, 1964-65, 1967-69, 1973 Plays on Sao Paulo state champion team
1957-65, 1969, 1973 Top goal scorer in Sao Paulo league
1958, 1962, 1970 Plays on FIFA World Cup champion team
1959 Top goal scorer in Copa America
1961 Plays in Copa Liberatadores
1962-63 On World Club champion team
1962-65, 1968 On Brazilian Cup winner
1966 Plays in FIFA World Cup
1977 North American Soccer League champion team, Cosmos
1978 International Peace Award
1993 National Soccer Hall of Fame
1999 Athlete of the Century, National Olympic Committee
1999 World Sports Awards
2000 Second place, Sportsman of the Century award
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Some remarkable career pictures of the legend himself - (description below the image)

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Presenting him with the Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award, Nelson Mandela, former South African president, said : “To watch him play was to watch the delight of a child combined with the extraordinary grace of a man in full.”

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The Brazil team that faced Scotland at Hampden Park in Glasgow, pictured at Troon where they trained at the Troon Juniors ground. Pele remains Brazil’s youngest ever goalscorer, scoring his first goal for his country at the age of 16years and 9 months.

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Olympic Gold medal rower Katherine Grainger, a graduate of Edinburgh University with former footballer Pele.

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Fulham goalkeeper Peter Mellor dives at the feet of Pele to smother the ball. Pele had won his first major title in 1958 when the club triumphed in the Campeonato Paulista. He was the tournament’s leading goalscorer with 58 goals, a record that still stands.

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Selected for the Brazil team that flew to the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, Pele became the youngest ever player to contest a World Cup final as his team faced the host nation in Stockholm.

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