With the Copa Mundial de Fútbol, or World Cup, in Qatar rapidly approaching, the soccer fever is starting to flood the minds of many fans. There is no denying that Brazil is among the most popular teams. After all, they are the Latin American country with the most World Cup titles, with a total of 5.
The Brazil national team has graced the world with some of the most memorable players of our generations, including the one and only Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pelé. But besides being one of Brazil’s most iconic athletes, what else do you know about him?
Pelé Led Brazil to their First World Cup Title at Age 17
The year was 1958, and Brazil was celebrating its first World Cup title. They defeated the host nation, Sweden, with a score of 5-2.
17-year-old Pelé made his first World Cup appearance and made the defining goal that led his team to the quarterfinals. He then made a whopping three goals against France in the semifinals.
Undoubtedly, the young Pelé was one of the star players that changed the course of Brazilian soccer forever.
His Father Was Also a Professional Soccer Player
Pelé’s father, Dondinho, was a local professional soccer player. Unfortunately, his father struggled to earn a living playing the sport, so the family lived in poverty. However, Dondinho quickly became Pelé’s mentor, coach, and support throughout his childhood years.
He Has His Own Museum in Santos, Brazil
Pelé Museum opened in Santos, Brazil in 2014. At the time of its inauguration, Pelé Museum contained more than 2,300 items related to his career, from trophies, shoes, jerseys, and photographs. It was opened to honor his accomplishments and pay homage to one of Brazil’s most talented athletes.