PELE - Edson Arantes do Nascimento
O Rei, The King, El Rey
Welcome to our tribute to the undisputed Master of the World's Game. I truly consider myself fortunate to have met Edson Arantes do Nascimento.
No doubt you too are a fan of Pele. Enjoy your visit learning more about the legend and the man who is recognized as a global ambassador.
Pele on YouTube
You can watch "The Great One", "O Rei", "The King" work his magic in the the video clips above. Click the Selector button, next to the Play/Pause button to see the available Pele videos.
Play Soccer With Pele
We at 360 Soccer came into possesion of a "Play Football with Pele", 1976, and honestly believe we needed to share the numerous invaluable soccer lessons provided by "O Rei" in this book. The game of Soccer will become more fun and rewarding if you take the time to learn his lessons about the game and life as presented in these pages. Just click on the Pele image to link to this tremendous training guide.
Pele's '100 best' soccer stars
Seven England stars have been named by Pele in his list of the 100 greatest living footballers in the world.
Modern heroes like David Beckham, Alan Shearer and Michael Owen are preferred to Sir Geoff Hurst, the man whose hat-trick against West Germany ensured England's World Cup triumph.
They join former stars Gary Lineker, Kevin Keegan, Bobby Charlton and Gordon Banks as "the best, most outstanding, creative players of their generation".
More than 20 of those in the list, revealed by world governing body Fifa today, have played or are playing in the Premiership.
Four Arsenal stars, Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry, Robert Pires and Patrick Vieira are named, as are three of Chelsea's foreign brigade in Hernan Crespo, Juan Sebastian Veron and Marcel Desailly.
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Pele: I have edge over Messi
Brazil legend Pele has praised Barcelona star Lionel Messi, but noted that the 24-year-old still has a long way to catch the football legend.
Argentina international Messi became the second player in the history of the Ballon d'Or to win the prestigious award three times in a row when he lifted the title earlier this month in Zurich.
Pele acknowledged that he is a fan of Messi, but stressed that the diminutive attacker faces a hard task to equal him.
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Pele named NOC's Top Athlete
Friday December 17, 1999
In claiming the award, Pele beat out a list of Olympic greats including Muhammad Ali and Carl Lewis. AP
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- The world's National Olympics Committees have voted Brazilian soccer star Pele as No. 1 in their top five Athletes of the Century even though he's the only one of the five who didn't take part in the Olympics.
Behind Pele come Muhammad Ali, who won the Olympic light-heavyweight boxing title in 1960 before becoming a heavyweight megastar as a pro, Carl Lewis, who won nine athletics gold medals in four Games between 1984-96, basketball star Michael Jordan, who was among the United States "Dream Team" gold medalists in '92, and Mark Spitz, who won seven swimming titles at the '72 Games at Munich.
The NOCs also listed their top five leaders in sport with Baron Pierre de Coubertin, architect of the modern Olympics and International Olympic Committee president from 1896-1925, as No. 1 ahead of current IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch, who has held the position since 1980.
Former FIFA president Joao Havelange was third ahead of Primo Nebiolo, who was president of the International Amateur Athletic Federation for 18 years until his death last month, and Avery Brundage, IOC president from 1952-72.
Pele's Teams and Successes
1281 goals in 1363 matches - all-time world record Top Brazilian goalscorer of all-time IOC Athlete of the Century 1999 Clubs 1956-1974 Santos 1975-1977 New York Cosmos Club Titles 1956 Sao Paulo state champion (Santos) 1957 Top goalscorer in Sao Paulo league (17 goals) 1958 Sao Paulo state champion (Santos) 1958 Top goalscorer in Sao Paulo league (58 goals) 1959 Copa America finalist 1959 Top goalscorer in Sao Paulo league (45 goals) 1960 Sao Paulo state champion (Santos) 1960 Top goalscorer in Sao Paulo league (33 goals) 1961 Sao Paulo state champion (Santos) 1961 Top goalscorer in Sao Paulo league (47 goals) 1961 Copa Libertadores (Santos) 1961 Brazilian Cup winner (Santos) 1962 Sao Paulo state champion (Santos) 1962 Top goalscorer in Sao Paulo league (37 goals) 1962 Copa Libertadores (Santos) 1962 World Club champion (Santos) 1962 Brazilian Cup winner (Santos) 1963 Top goalscorer in Sao Paulo league (22 goals) 1963 World club champion (Santos) 1963 Brazilian Cup winner (Santos) 1964 Sao Paulo state champion (Santos) 1964 Top goalscorer in Sao Paulo league (34 goals) 1964 Brazilian Cup winner (Santos) 1965 Top goalscorer in Sao Paulo league (49 goals) 1965 Sao Paulo state champion (Santos) 1965 Brazilian Cup winner (Santos) 1967 Sao Paulo state champion (Santos) 1968 Sao Paulo state champion(Santos) 1968 Brazilian Cup winner (Santos) 1969 Sao Paulo state champion (Santos) 1969 Top goalscorer in Sao Paulo league (26 goals) 1973 Sao Paulo state champion (Santos) 1973 Top goalscorer in Sao Paulo league (11 goals) 1977 USA champion (Cosmos New York) International Honors 1958 FIFA World Cup in Sweden: winner 1959 Copa America: finalist 1959 Top goalscorer in Copa America (9 goals) 1962 FIFA World Cup in Chile: winner 1966 FIFA World Cup in England: first round 1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico: winner 92 caps, 97 goals