Edson Arantes do Nascimento
DOB: 23 October 1940
Born: Tres Coracoes (Brazil)
The world first set eyes on Pele in Sweden in 1958 as a 17 year old!
A great year for Pele... Winning the 1958 FIFA World Cup and lots more...
Pele pictured in 1963 with Santos
Pele received Knight of the Legion d’Honneur of France, Award given by the French Government in 1963
In 1963 he also was Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Top Scorer, Campeonato Paulista Top Scorer and Torneio Rio-São Paulo Top Scorer.
With Brazil, he won the Roca Cup and with Santos he won Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, Torneio Rio-São Paulo and Copa Libertadores all in 1963 for an amazing year!
Pele pictured in the 70's with New York Cosmos
In December 2000, Pelé and Maradona shared the prize of FIFA Player of the Century by FIFA. The award was originally 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. FIFA then appointed a "Family of Football" committee of FIFA members to decide the winner of the award together with the votes of the readers of the FIFA Magazine. The committee chose Pelé. Since Maradona was winning the Internet poll, however, it was decided he and Pelé should share the award.
Pele with New York Cosmos USA Team Jersey
With Brazil, Pele received an incredible number of awards:
Copa América Top Scorer (1): 1959.
Brazil National Team All-Time Leading Scorer, 95 goals
FIFA World Cup (Best Young Player):
Winner (1): 1958
FIFA World Cup (Silver Boot): 1958
FIFA World Cup Silver Ball: 1958
FIFA World Cup Golden Ball (Best Player):
Winner (1): 1970
Copa America Best Player: 1959
FIFA Ballon d'Or Prix d'Honneur: 2013
Guinness World Records: Most career goals (football): 1283 goals in 1363 games.
Guinness World Records: Most World Cup Winners’ Medals.
International Federation of Football History and Statistics(IFFHS): World´s most successful Top Division Goal Scorer: 541 goals
All time Top Scorer in one calendar year: 127 goals(1959)
World record number of hat tricks: 92
BBC Sports Personality of the Year Overseas Personality:
Winner (1): 1970
BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award:
Winner (1): 2005
Greatest football player to have ever played the game, by Golden Foot: 2012
Athlete of the Century, by Reuters News Agency: 1999
Athlete of the Century, elected by International Olympic Committee: 1999
Athlete of the Century, elected by world wide journalists, poll by French daily L'Equipe: 1981
South American Footballer of the Year: 1973
Inducted into the American National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1993.
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire: 1997
In 1989 DPR Korea issued a postage stamp depicting Pelé.
UNICEF Football Player of the Century: 1999
TIME One of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th century: 1999
FIFA Player of the Century : 2000
Football Player of the Century, elected by France Football's Ballon d'Or Winners : 1999
Football Player of the Century, by IFFHS International Federation of Football History and Statistics: 1999
South America Football Player of the Century, by IFFHS International Federation of Football History and Statistics: 1999
Laureus World Sports Awards Lifetime Achievement Award from South African President Nelson Mandela: 2000
FIFA World Cup All-Time Team: 1994
World Team of the 20th Century: 1998
FIFA World Cup Dream Team: 2002
World Soccer Greatest XI of all time: 2013
Pele named Honorary Representative of New York Cosmos!
Pele received many honors, such as
Honorary degree from the University of Edinburgh celebrating Pelé’s "significant contribution to humanitarian and environmental causes, as well as his sporting achievements": 2012
Prize from the French Academy of Sports, Award given to a player of a team sport for the very first time: 1971
Red Medal of Paris, Given by the City Hall of the French Capital: 1971
Sword of Soccer Honor, Given by the English Soccer Annual. The sword was handmade by the Queen’s weapon manufacturers. Pelé was the first ever non-British person to receive this award: 1966
Knight of the Legion d’Honneur of France, Award given by the French Government: 1963