Pele is widely regarded as one of the best football players of all time. The Brazilian was named 'Athlete of the Century' in 1999 by the International Olympic Committee.

The Living Legend of Football

Story by Agung Aksara

Pele is simply the best football player ever. There are no players as good as him, which is what makes him an icon of football. He is a legend, not only for Brazil, but for the world.   

I had the great chance to meet Pele

Story by Jean Manuel Guyader , France

I worked in Brazil in 75 as a creative in an ad agency. This is when I had the great chance to meet and shoot films with Pele. He was just wonderful, human, simple, a very kind man. After the shoot, he gave dedications to everyone present and let himself have photos taken with him….

Very human

Story by Richard Kerr-Bell , New Zealand

Edson Arantes do Nascimento…Pele. He has been an idol for me since I first read his autobiography. I even wrote a masters paper on his life. An inspiration, a saint, and very human. Any success I had and have on the field is due to his inspiration. There is only one.

The father of football

Story by Roberta Pires , Brazil

He’s the most famous football player of the last century. His techniques and approach with the ball is something amazing. He almost invented football, he teaches other players with his game. It seems like he and the ball were made for each other, it looks so easy the things that he could do with the…

An ambassador of a nation and its sport

Story by Alberto Colares , Brazil

Pelé is a genius. When there is a soccer ball at his feet it becomes part of his body. His talent and his magnificence transformed him into an ambassador of a nation and its sport. He’s a myth, a legend that may never be outshone by any other soccer player. The athlete of the century,…

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