Pelé is widely known as one of the greatest players of all time, with FIFA having announced him as the "Player of The Century" in 2000.
Pele’s stellar ascent began at the age of just 17, when he celebrated his maiden FIFA world Cup™ triumph with Brazil at the 1958 finals in Sweden. He remains the youngest-ever player to claim a winner’s medal in the world’s most prestigious tournament. The striker was in his country’s squad for their next success in 1962 but missed most of the finals with injury. After a relatively subdued period, Pele was at his most imperious for the 1970 tournament in Mexico and led his team to another momentous triumph. He is the only player to lay hands on the FIFA World Cup three times.
In the course of his long and unique career, he scored more than 1,200 goals, a record likely to stand for all time, and which includes more than 1,000 goals for Santos, Pele’s club from 1956 to 1974. He also added 72 goals in 92 appearances for A Seleção.
A man of relatively few words, when he does speak he tends to impart with some truly inspirational quotes that inspire and motivate people across all walks of life. Here, we take a look at some of his best: