Pelé began his career as a professional soccer player at the age of 15 and played for the Brazilian national team for nearly two decades. He is the all-time leading scorer for Brazil and is the only player to have won three World Cup titles.
Pelé was named Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee and was inducted into the Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame and the American National Soccer Hall of Fame.
He has also received numerous other awards and accolades for his contributions to soccer and to sport in general.
On December 29, 2022, Pelé died at the age of 82 at the Albert Einstein hospital in São Paulo, Brazil. His agent Joe Fraga confirmed his death. Pelé had been undergoing treatment for colon cancer since 2021 and had been hospitalized for the last month with multiple ailments.
Pelé had a highly successful career as a soccer player, both at the club and international level.
Some of his major achievements include:
️Winning the FIFA World Cup three times with the Brazilian national team (1958, 1962, 1970).
️Winning the Copa America with the Brazilian national team in 1959 and 1963.
️Being the all-time leading scorer for the Brazilian national team, with 77 goals in 92 appearances.
️Winning the Intercontinental Cup with Santos FC in 1962 and 1963.
️Winning the Brazilian national championship (Campeonato Brasileiro Série A) with Santos FC in 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, and 1968.
️Being the top scorer in the Brazilian national championship in 1958, 1960, 1964, and 1965.
️Being named FIFA World Cup Best Young Player in 1958.
️Being named FIFA World Cup Golden Ball winner in 1970.
️Being named South American Footballer of the Year in 1958, 1964, and 1970.
️Being named Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee in 1999.
️Being inducted into the Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame and the American National Soccer Hall of Fame.
These are just a few of the many accomplishments Pelé achieved during his career.
He is widely regarded as one of the greatest soccer players of all time and his contributions to the sport are still recognized and celebrated today.
May His Soul Rest In Power.