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The art of football

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About Pele

Name: Edson Arantes do Nascimento or Pele

Born: October 23, 1940, in Tres Coracoes, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Playing career: Joined Santos FC at 16 and scored 1,283 goals in 1,346 games, winning 114 caps (95 goals)  and three World Cups (1958, 1962 and 1970) and countless club trophies before retiring in 1977 after final three years at New York Cosmos.

Highlights: Youngest World Cup winner, aged just 17, with Brazil in Sweden in 1958; Scored eight goals including three in three minutes for Santos in 11-0 victory against Botafogo in 1964.

Personal accolades: Honorary Knight of the British Empire, UN Citizen of the World, Athlete of the Century, UNESCO Ambassador for Education, Science, Culture and Goodwill, Brazil's Minister of Sports and Ambassador for Sports at the 2006 World Economic Forum.

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