Pele is the most iconic footballer of the twentieth Century. He epitomised the flair, joy and passion the Brazilians bought to the game.
Pele’s career spanned many the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.
In his early career, the young and unknown Pele helped inspire Brazil to victory in the 1958 World Cup. In 1966, Brazil were hot favourites, but, lost out to the home nation England.
His crowing glory was the Brazilian victory in the 1970 World Cup in Mexico. In this world cup, some of the football played by Brazil and Pele was sheer class. Brazil won the final 4-1 against Italy; it was a genuine advertisement for the ‘beautiful game’ and a fitting pinacle of Pele’s international career.
Pele went on to score over 1,000 goals in professional games. (The 1000th goal coming as a penalty in the US league sparking celebrations around the world).
Pele finished his career in the lucrative US league and after retiring has gone onto be a great ambassador for football and sport in general. He is not only one of the most gifted footballers of his generation, but, also a mild mannered man who used his fame and prestige for a positive effect.