Soccer Hall of Fame


Edson Arantes do Nascimiento, popularly known as Pele, is a Brazilian soccer player known by many as the best player in history. He debuted at 15 years old for Santos of Brazil, and played 19 years for the mighty Brazilian team. Pele was so important to the people of Brazil, that he was even declared a National Treasure by the Brazilian government. In the national team, Pele debuted at age 16, and in 1958 won his first World Cup in Sweden. He also won the 1962 in Chile and the 1970 World Cup in Mexico. Pele scored 77 goals for Brazil in 92 games. After retiring from Santos, Pele moved to the New York Cosmos for two years, and then retired entirely from soccer. Overall, Pele scored 1,256 goals in 1,363 games.