Pele is usually the first name that comes to mind when debating the greatest footballer of all time. He was born into a humble family in Sao Paulo. He won the hearts of billions of people all over the world with his amazing football skills. Many pundits have dubbed him the first-ever global football celebrity, as well as the first footballer to be hailed the greatest of all time. In addition to public adulation, Pele won several titles at the international and club levels. He also received many individual honors. Pele's illustrious professional football career is discussed in this article.
Pele's Early Years
Pele was born in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais on October 23, 1940. Edson Arantes do Nascimento is his full name. His family called him "Dico."
However, during his school days, he was given a nickname because of his mispronunciation of the name of his favorite player, Bilé. His friends began to refer to him as Pele. In his autobiography, Pele stated that the name has no meaning and merely originates from the word 'Bile.'
Pele's father was a professional footballer. Pele grew up in poverty and bolstered his income by working as a servant in tea cafes. His father taught him some football skills, and he played for many amateur teams in his youth.
Pele joined the Santos football academy when he was 15 years old. Pele's talent drew the attention of Santos FC coach Lula, who signed him to a professional contract in June 1956. He scored the first goal in Santos' 7-1 win over Corinthians on his professional debut. Pele astonished everyone with a spectacular performance in his very first match and the rest is history.