pelé professional brazilian-born soccer (football) player

Pelé, full name Edson Arantes do Nascimento, was born October 23, 1940 in Três Corações, Brazil. The soccer player is currently 76 years old. He is considered the most famous and possible best-paid athlete in the world from his time. He grew up in poverty, with his father struggling to keep a job. Still, he developed a love and talent for soccer by kicking a rolled-up sock stuffed with rags around the streets of Bauru.

As an adolescent, Pelé joined a youth soccer team. The coach, a former member of the Brazilian national soccer team, convinced Pelé's family to let him try out for the Santos professional soccer club when Pelé was 15 years old.

Pelé was on the Brazilian national teams that won three World Cup championships: 1958, 1962, and 1970.

Pelé is considered a Brazilian national hero because so many Brazilians and soccer players worldwide admire and look up to him.

Some of Pelé's nicknames are "The King" (or "O Rei" in Spanish) and "Black Pearl" (or "Pérola Negra" also in Spanish).

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Pelé relates to two themes in World History: Cultural Interaction and Economics. First, the athlete is tied to Cultural Interaction because people worldwide watched him compete and were inspired by his amazing level of play. Brazilians had high nationalism because they were proud to say Pelé was from their country. For example, people who speak different languages could form bonds because they both know and watch Pelé. Pelé is also connected to Economics because he earned his living by playing major league soccer all over the world. Major league sports bring in lots of money; one ticket to the World Cup can be up to $1000.

In 1967, he and his team traveled to Nigeria, where a 48-hour ceasefire in that nation's civil war was called to allow all to watch the great player. This shows how incredibly impacting Pelé is.

"Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do." -Pelé
"I was born to play football, just like Beethoven was born to write music and Michelangelo was born to paint." -Pelé

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