Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as
Pelé, is widely regarded as the greatest football player of all time. He was named after the American inventor Thomas Edison.
He began playing for Santos at age 15 and the Brazil national football team at 16. During his international career, he won three FIFA World Cups: 1958 , 1962 and 1970, being the only player ever to do so. Pelé is the all-time leading goalscorer for Brazil with 77 goals in 92 games.
He is the youngest player in World Cup history to score a hattrick when he did in the 1958 semifinal in a 3-1 win against France in Sweden.
On June 29, 1958, Pelé became the youngest player to play in a World Cup final match at 17 years and 249 days. He scored two goals in that final as Brazil beat Sweden 5–2 in Stockholm, the capital.
He is also the most successful league goal-scorer in the world, scoring 1281 goals in 1363 games, which included unofficial friendlies and tour games.
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