Soccer is the most popular sport on Earth. Pele is considered to be the world’s greatest soccer player of all time! In soccer, every country is linked, as many come to watch their favorite players play. Pele helped carry out this goal, with him being the greatest soccer player of all time.
In 1940, Pele was born in Bauru, Brazil. Although his family was poor, he practiced daily to improve his skill. Pele was a nickname came up by a classmate and it stuck! He was discovered by Waldemar de Brito, a retired player who is looking for young stars, when he was 11 years old. Two years later, he went with de Brito to try for a team: Santos. He qualified, and one year after, he became the league leader in scoring, at age 16!
He competed in the World Cup with Brazil. Pele had a bunch of records then such as: youngest player to play in the World Cup, youngest to score a World Cup goal, and youngest player to play in a World Cup final match. After that he played in three more World Cups, and Brazil won 1 out of the three he played in. There were huge things happening when he got back in his club.
After the World Cup journeys, he got lots of offers from Europe’s best teams, such as Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus. He decided to stay in the club until he retired in 1974. But in the following year he came out of retirement to play with the New York Cosmos, a team in the North American Soccer League. In 1977 he played his final game with the exhibition match against his other team, Santos. He played with the Cosmos in the first half, and his jersey was retired. He switched sides and played with Santos in the second half. It was a great ending to the great legend’s career.
In the end, Pele is the best player of all time. Pele does things off the field, such as being an ambassador of the UN and UNICEF. He is still alive today. Pele will always be alive in the hearts of soccer stars.