Pelé is more than a football player. He is a world peace ambassador and humanitarian who, during his career, even caused a ceasefire between warring factions.
Pelé, born Edson Arantes do Nascimento, grew up in poverty, his first football a rolled-up sock filled with rags. His route to glory started when, after joining a youth squad, the coach, Waldemar de Brito took him under his wing, persuading his family to allow him to try out for the Santos professional football club at age fifteen. He was signed up immediately, scoring the first goal of his career before the age of sixteen. Shortly after, Pelé was recruited to play for the Brazillian national team.
The young superstar, from then onwards, went on to create an amazing sports career, making him a legend in his own time and being declared a Brazilian national treasure. Passionate about football be is noted for coining the phrase ‘the beautiful game‘ to describe his sport.
Besides his illustrious achievements on the sports field, Pelé has claimed international fame due to his humanitarian efforts. One such saw a 48-hour ceasefire between warring factions during the Nigerian Civil War in order to watch Pelé play in an exhibition game in Lagos.
Pelé’s humanitarian work has garnered him such awards as the Internation Peace Award for his work with UNICEF. He has also served as Extraordinary Minister for Sport in his home country, Brazil, and as a United Nations ambassador for ecology and the environment.
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My name is Ronald Reagan, I’m the President of the United States of America. But you don’t need to introduce yourself, because everyone knows who Pele is.”
“Pele was one of the few who contradicted my theory: instead of 15 minutes of fame, he will have 15 centuries.”