Edson Arantes, popularly known as Pele is a former Brazilian professional football player. He was born on the 23rd of October 1940 in Brazil. Pele is regarded as the greatest football player of all time. The football icon started his football career at the Brazilian club called Santos. He signed his first professional contract with Santos in 1956. 15-year-old Pele went to Santos for a tryout, and he was eventually signed by the club. The greatest football player of all time is celebrating his 81st birthday today.
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Here are some of Pele's lifetime football achievements.
1. He is Brazilian all-time the highest goalscorer
Pele is the Brazilian all-time highest goalscorer. He scored a total of 77 goals for the Brazilian National team in 92 appearances. Only Neymar Junior and Ronaldo Nazario came close to this Pele's figure.
2. Pele Made 92 Appearances for the Brazilian National team.
It is every footballer's dream to be able to represent their home country at the international level. Pele plays his first match for the Brazilian national team in 1957. He made his first appearance for the Brazilian national team at the age of 16.
3. Pele is the first and only player to win the FIFA World Cup three times.
Pele is the only football player in the history of football to have won the FIFA World Cup three times.
4. Football Player with the highest number of hat tricks.
Pele is the football player with the highest number of hat tricks in the history of football. He has had 92 hat tricks throughout his football career.
5. He is the third all-time highest goalscorer in football history.
Pele is the third all-time highest goalscorer in the history of football. He has 757 career goals. Only Cristiano Ronaldo and Romario have more.
6. He won 27 club trophies.
Pele won a total of 27 club trophies with Santos.
Pele announced his retirement from professional football in 1977.