Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele, turns 76 today

We've watched the black and white footage of a teenager tearing apart the best defenders in the world. Even if we weren't born when Pele last laced up a football boot in anger, we know who he is. Retired Brazilian footballer, Pele is widely considered as the greatest football player of all time, who is also the most successful league goal scorer in the world.


Born on October 23, 1940, in Tres Coracoes, Brazil, soccer legend Pele became a superstar with his performance in the 1958 World Cup. Pele played professionally in Brazil for two decades, winning three World Cups along the way, before joining the New York Cosmos late in his career. Named FIFA co-Player of the Century in 1999, he is a global ambassador for soccer and other humanitarian causes.


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