Pele steps at 80...

Dhaka, Tuesday   24 November 2020

Pele steps at 80

 Sports Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 04:38 PM, 23 October 2020   Updated: 06:08 PM, 24 October 2020

Pele with Jules Rimet Trophy in hand

Pele with Jules Rimet Trophy in hand

One of the eternal unresolved questions in the world of football, “Who is the best footballer of all time?” There is no exact answer at all. But, from many whom name comes first, is Pele. Today is the 79th birth anniversary of the “The Black Pearl” of football.

Full name Edson Arantes do Nascimento, but the legend known as Pele to all was born at Tres Coracoes in Minas Gerais of Brazil on October 23, 2020.  His parents named him after the world-famous scientist Thomas Alva Edison. However, the friends of the slum knew him as Dico. Whatever names his parents or friends called him, he is known to the whole world by the name he got. 

Since his childhood, Pele lived in a slum of Tres Coracoes municipality. Like ten other children and teenagers in the country, he used to play football in the streets. In a short time, he was focused among the neighbors. However, his family situation was not well.

Pele on during a match

Pele could not afford to buy a ball for practice. Did that little Dico, who played football by wrapping newspapers in old socks, know that one day the whole world would be engrossed in the magic of his feet?

Pele’s genius talent first caught the eye of Santos’s Waldemar de Brito. It can be said the turning point of Pele’s life. Brito took him to the Santos club, joining the team’s ‘B’ team. Pele took his place in the main team in less than a year by showing innate talent. Then he did not have to look back.

Brazil has had a lot of success with Pele. Even teenager Pele played a leading role to win Brazil world cup for the first time in 1958. Then in 1962 and 1970 Brazil won world cup again during his career in the national team.

Pele with a latest world cup trophy

However, Pele’s greatness cannot be explained by just winning the World Cup. He was a real goal machine. He has played a total of 1366 matches in his career and scored 1,283 goals. Besides, the legend scored 77 goals from 92 matches wearing Brazil’s jersey. No one has been able to surpass him yet!

The achievements of Maradona, Messi, and Cristiano Ronaldo make it a close call but, even now, Pele still has a strong claim to be considered the greatest game’s greatest player

Today he has stepped at 80. The King has suffered from a series of health problems in recent years, but has not lost his charisma or sense of humor.

“I’m fine, it’s just I won’t be able to play” on his birthday, he joked in a video conversation with the head of the Brazilian Football Confederation.

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