Pele helped the Brazil’s national soccer team win in 1958 shortly after that he became a national treasure to Brazil. In the late 1960s, the two factions in the Nigerian Civil War agreed to a 48-hour ceasefire so they could watch Pelé played in an exhibition game in Lagos. The 1970 World Cup win in Mexico created a triumphant return to glory for Pelé and Brazil. November 19, 1969, in front of a huge crowd of one hundred thousand people in Rio de Janeiro, Pelé scored his one thousandth goal. In 1978, Pelé was awarded the International Peace Award for his work with UNICEF. In May of 1997, he was elected Minister of Sports in Brazil his home country. On December 11, 2001, the (FIFA)Federation Internationale de Football Association, named Pelé, along with Diego Maradona, as the men's players of the century!