Celebrating Black History Month: Pele
Pelé is a Brazilian former professional footballer who played as a forward. Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Brazilian Portuguese; born 23 October 1940, is a Brazilian former professional footballer who played as a forward. He was one of the most successful and popular sports stars of the twentieth century, regarded as one of the best players of all time and dubbed “the greatest” by FIFA. In 1999, the International Olympic Committee honored him Athlete of the Century, and he was selected to Time’s list of the 100 most influential persons of the twentieth century. Pelé was named World Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) in 2000, and he was also named one of two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the Century award. His total of 1,279 goals in 1,363 games, including friendly, is a Guinness World Record.
Years active: 1956-1977
FIFA Player of the Century: 2000
FIFA Order of Merit: 1984
FIFA Centennial Award: 2004
FIFA 100 Greatest Living Footballers: 2004
Position: Forward, Midfielder