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Edson Arantes do Nascimento, (born October 23, 1940) nicknamed Pelé, is a Brazilian football player, considered by many to be the best player of all time.
In 1958, Pelé became the youngest ever World Cup winner in Sweden at 17. He played in two more Brazilian World Cup-winning teams, in 1962 and 1970. He missed out most of the 1962 and 1966 World Cups due to injuries sustained in the early stages of the tournament.
After his retirement in 1974, he joined the New York Cosmos and played his last game in 1977 in front of a capacity crowd at Giants Stadium. He played an amical match with lebanese Nejmeh club in 1974.( see Lebanon football)
Pelé is in third place in the list of all-time top scorers in World Cup play, with 12 goals, and he is the only player who has been on a team that won three World Cups. He ended his career with a total of 1281 goals out of 1363 games, becoming one of the most prolific goal scorers ever. In his 91 appearances for the Brazilian team, he scored 77 goals.
See also: List of footballers (soccer)