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).