Pele, one of the greatest players in the world of football, died at the age of 82. Just recently the FIFA World Cup ended, but who could have guessed that as soon as it ends, Pele, who won Brazil 3 World Cups, will also leave.
Pele was suffering from cancer. He was hospitalized for the last one month. Due to the poverty of the family, the person who polished shoes and sold tea not only joined the great players of the world but also became the sports minister of Brazil.
Pele will be remembered as long as there is football
His childhood name was Edison, when he grew up, friends started calling him Pele because he was a big fan of goalkeeper Bille of the local club Vasco da Gama. Apart from this, they are not called Black Pearl and Black Diamond for nothing. No player has been able to break the record of winning 3 FIFA World Cups to his country, nor does anyone seem to be breaking it.
Even in the era of Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar, no one will say that people have forgotten Pele, because Pele is not a player but a game! To forget him is to forget football.
The family lived in such poverty that the father was a cleaner, the son sold tea in the streets of Sao Paulo, polished shoes and also played football. Pele’s father was also a football player, played for the local club Fluminense, but then money did not flow in this game like today.
There are also stories that he used to play by stuffing newspaper in pele moje, because there was no money to buy football in the initial days.
Amazing in young age
At the age of 12-13, Pele became part of the local club Radium football team in the city of Bauru. After the arrival of Pele, the team managed to win the championship. Pele came into limelight by scoring the maximum number of goals in a single tournament.
At the age of 16, Pele started playing for his club Santos and became the top scorer of the league in the first year itself. Real Madrid and Manchester United also tried to join them but Pele did not agree.
At the age of 17, Pele joined the Brazilian national team. Pele played the World Cup in 1958. In this, he scored a hat-trick in the semi-final against France and took the team to the final. This is still a record.
At the age of just 17, Pele made his country the world champion. They didn’t stop here. He played a total of 4 FIFA World Cups for Brazil, in which the team won the title 3 times. One achievement in Pele’s name is that he is the youngest player to score a goal in the World Cup.
Career like this
Pele was associated with Brazil’s top club Santos from 1956 to 1974 and played 656 matches. During this he scored 643 goals and the club won the trophy 21 times. He played 92 matches for Brazil, scoring 71 goals. In 1971, he said goodbye to international football. After 6 years in 1977, he also retired from club cricket.
In 1995, Pele also became the Sports Minister of Brazil. There is also a law in his name, in which professional football clubs pay tax to the government within 2 years.