Fifteen Cool and Interesting Fun Facts about Pele’s Life. Edson Arantes do Nascimento, popularly known as Pele was born in 23 October 1940. His parents named him after the famous American scientist Thomas Edison. After that, his parents decided to remove “i” from Edison and made the name Edson. Later, several other documents showed his name as Edison instead of Edson due to a mistake on the birth certificate. His family gave him a nickname of Dico but he got famous by the nickname Pele. This is because during his school days he used to pronounce the name of his favourite player Vasco da Gama goal keeper Bile as Pele. The word Pele has no specific meaning in Portuguese though, but Bele in Hebrew meant miracle.
He is a legendary professional Brazilian Footballer who used to play as an attacking forward. His respected as greatest player of all time. He was voted to be the World Player of the Century by International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) in 1999. In same year he was selected to be the Football Player of the Century. Not limited to this, he was chosen Athlete of the Century by IOC too in the same year. He was also named in the 20th Century list of 100 most influential people made by Time Magazine. His name is also included in the Guinness World Records for most career goals scored in football. In our previous post we wrote about 8 Cool and Interesting Fun Facts about Steven George Gerrard’s Life.
In his country Brazil he is loved as a national hero and is known by number of names like A Perola Negra (The Black Pearl), O Rei do Futebol (The King of Football), O Rei Pele (The King Pele), O Rei (The King)
Pele Interesting Facts
In this post, we will be sharing some cool and interesting facts about Pele
- All time leading goal scorer for Brazil
The most outstanding fact about Pele is that, he is the all time leading goal scorer for Brazil with 77 international goals on his name in 91 games. He started to play for his national side at a very early age of 17.
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- Declared by Brazilian Government as an Official National Treasure
A very cool fact about him is that, he was announced as an Offical National Treasure by Brazilian Government this is because he showed outstanding football gaming skills and grabbed the attention of everyone around. In order to prevent him from leaving the country as rich European Clubs like Real Madrid, Juventus, Manchester United were eager to sign him this official declaration was made to keep him inside the country.
- All time top scorer for Santos
A very amazing fact about him is that he won the Campeonato Paulista, his first major title while playing from Santos in 1958. He ended the tournament with record 58 goals. This record stands till date by his name. For his great career with famous club Santos he holds the record of being all time leading goal scorer for Santos.
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- Youngest player ever to play in the World Cup
A very cool fact about him is that he was selected to represent Brazil in 1958 World Cup. This made him the youngest player ever to play in the apex tournament. During this World Cup, he scored the only goal against Wales enabling Brazil to advance to semi finals. This goal also made him the youngest ever World Cup goal scorer at the age of 17 years and 239 days. Not limited to this, in semi-finals while playing against France he scored his hat trick and thus became the youngest player ever to score a hat trick in World Cup.
- Pele in South American Championship
A very incredible fact about him is that he also remained unmatched in South American Championship. He was tournament’s top scorer with 8 goals, declared as best player of the tournament for 1959 competition. Although Brazil came second but his national team remained unbeaten throughout the tournament.
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- Brazil never lost a match with Pele and Garrincha
A very inspiring fact about Pele is that, he along with his teammates made a remarkable line of attack. According to stunning statistics, his national team Brazil has never lost to any team in the world ever if he was accompanied by another legend Garrincha.
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- Record of Brazil with Pele
Another amazing fact about him is that his national team Brazil had an outstanding statistics when Pele used to represent his national side. In 1971, Pele played his last match against Yugoslavia in Rio de Janeiro Brazil held the record of winning 67 matches, drawing 14 and losing only 11.
- Personal fact – Eighth Fact about Soccer Player Pele
A very interesting personal fact about Pele is that his signed jersey is present in one of the Vatican museums. He donated this jersey to Pope Francis. Pele is a practicing Catholic and appeared in Church quite often.
- Marriage and Affairs – Fact Related to Family of Pele
Another personal fact about him is that in 1966 he married Rosemeri dos Reis Chobli. The couple have two daughters. The marriage ended in 1982. He then married psychologist and gospel singer Assiria Lemos Seixas. She gave birth to two twins. Unfortunately, this marriage too ended sadly in 2008. He was reported to have extramarital affairs and children from them. Later at the age of 73, Pele married Marcia Aoki.
- Introducer of Pele Law
Another amazing fact about Pele is that he was appointed as Extraordinary Minister for Sport by Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso in 1995. During this time he implemented a very famous law popularly known as Pele Law. This law was intended to expose and reduce corruption in Brazilian Football.
Other Facts About Pele
- Pele in movies
In addition to his football skills, Pele never hesitated to depict his acting and music composing skills.
He starred in number of documentary films, has published different autobiographies and not limited to this composed music / soundtrack for the film Pele in 1977. He also acted with other famous actors including Sylvester Stallone in a movie about football era during World War II called Escape to Victory released in 1981. He also appeared in a telenovela called Os Estranhos, covering the topic of his interaction with aliens. Mike Bassett: England Manager was another famous movie in which he was seen. He can also be found in Ultimate Team known as Legends for the Xbox One.
- Guest of honour
A very inspiring fact about him is that he was the guest of honour at Sheffield’s 150th anniversary match against Inter Milan in November 2007, making the club to be the World’s Oldest Football Club. The match was won by Inter with 5 – 2 at Bramall Lane. Later in an exhibition he showed the world for the first time ever in 4 decades original hand written rules of football.
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- Appointed as United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Ecology and Environment
Another very inspiring fact about him is that United Nations appointed him to be the Goodwill Ambassador for Ecology and Environment. In recognition of his great services for this noble cause he was awarded an honorary degree from University of Edinburgh.
- Had a lawsuit against Samsung Electronics
A very strange fact about him is that he filed a case against Samsung Electronics, one of the leading brands of Electronics in the world for using him for brand endorsement without a contract. It was actually his look alike that very closely resembled him who was used. Though discussion were in place to hire him officially for the campaign but when the negotiations ended with no positive conclusion and later the adverts were released this annoyed him to an extent that he filed a legal case against the electronic giant in United States of America.
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- Honours and Titles
Let us share some cool and interesting honours and titles on the credit of Pele. For his country Brazil he has won 3 FIFA World Cup (1958, 1962, and 1970), 2 Roca Cup (1957 and 1963), 3 Cruz Cup (1958, 1962 and 1968), 1 Bernardo O’Higgins Cup (1959), 1 Atlantic Cup 1 (1960), 3 Oswaldo Cruz Cup (1958, 1962 and 1968).
For his club career while playing from Santos he won 2 Copa Libertadores (1962 and 1963), 2 Intercontinental Cup (1962 and 1963), 1 Intercontinental Supercup (1968), 1 Supercopa de Campeones Intercontinentales (1968), 6 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A (1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965 and 1968), 4 Torneio Rio-São Paulo (1959, 1963, 1964 and 1966), 10 Campeonato Paulista (1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969 and 1973). While representing New York Cosmos he took 1 North American Soccer League, Soccer Bowl (1977), 1 North American Soccer League, Atlantic Conference Championship (1977).
Individual awards to his name while playing from Santos include 1 Copa Libertadores Top Scorer (1965), 3 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Top Scorer (1961, 1963 and 1964), 11 Campeonato Paulista Top Scorer (1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1969 and 1973), 1 Torneio Rio-São Paulo Top Scorer (1963), Bola de Prata (1970). On international front his individual awards include 1 FIFA World Cup Best Young Player (1958), 1 FIFA World Cup Golden Ball Best Player (1970), 1 FIFA World Cup Silver Ball (1958), 1 FIFA World Cup Silver Boot (1958), 2 FIFA World Cup All-Star Team (1958 and 1970), FIFA World Cup All-Time Team (1994), FIFA World Cup Dream Team (2002), 1 Copa America Best Player (1959), 1 Copa América Top Scorer (1959), FIFA Ballon d’Or Prix d’Honneur (2013), FIFA Player of the Century (2000), FIFA Order of Merit (1984), FIFA Centennial Award: (2004),
BBC Sports Personality of the Year Overseas Personality (1970), BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award (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 worldwide journalists, poll by French daily L’Equipe (1981), 1 South American Footballer of the Year (1973), 1 Silver ball South American Footballer of the Year (1972), 1 South America Football Player of the Century, by IFFHS International Federation of Football History and Statistics (1999), 1 Football Player of the Century, by IFFHS International Federation of Football History and Statistics (1999), 1 Football Player of the Century, elected by France Football’s Ballon d’Or Winners (1999), 1 UNICEF Football Player of the Century (1999), 1 Inducted into the American National Soccer Hall of Fame (1993), 1 Laureus World Sports Awards Lifetime Achievement Award from South African President Nelson Mandela (2000), World Team of the 20th Century (1998), 7 World Soccer World XI (1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965 and 1966), World Soccer The Greatest Players of the 20th century (1999), World Soccer Greatest XI of all time (2013), L’Équipe’s top 50 South-American footballers in history, 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), TIME One of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th century (1999), DPR Korea issued a postage stamp depicting Pelé (1989), Painted by Andy Warhol as part of Warhol’s Athletes Series, FIFA World Cup’s top 100 footballers of all time, by The Guardian, FIFA 100 Greatest Living Footballers (2004), Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame, Joint winner of FIFA Player of the Century by FIFA with Maradona (2000).
There is also a long list of orders which he received namely Knight of the Order of Rio Branco (1967), Commander of the Order of Rio Branco (1969), Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary (1994), and Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (1997).
As far as his personal records are concerned he is Brazil national football team All-Time Leading Scorer (77 goals), Intercontinental Cup All-Time Leading Scorer (7 goals), World record number of hat-trick (92), International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS): World’s most successful Top Division Goal Scorer (541 goals), Guinness World Records: Most career goals (football) with 1283 goals in a total of 1363 games, Guinness World Records: Most FIFA World Cup Winners’ Medals, Youngest scorer in the FIFA World Cup at the age of 17 years and 239 days while playing from Brazil against Wales in 1958, Youngest hat-trick in the FIFA World Cup at the tender age of 17 years and 244 days while playing from Brazil against France in 1958, Youngest player to play in a FIFA World Cup final match at the young age of 17 years and 249 days while playing from Brazil against Sweden in 1958, Youngest scorer in the FIFA World Cup final match at the prime age of 17 years and 249 days while playing from Brazil against Sweden in 1958, Youngest winner of a FIFA World Cup again at a very young age of 17 years in 1958 FIFA World Cup.
We tried to cover almost all interesting facts about Brazilian Player Pele, though we omitted some of the boring and non relevant information,just to provide our blog reader an interesting article to read.