RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – From the origins of his name to how he played his final pro game for both teams, here are some facts about the Brazilian soccer star.
After Brazil lost the 1950 World Cup final to Uruguay, a 9 or 10-year-old Edson Arantes do Nascimento, now better known as Pelé, made a promise to his devastated father. “I remember jokingly saying to him: ‘Don’t cry, dad — I’ll win the World Cup for you,” Pelé recalled to FIFA.com in 2014.
Eight years in 1958 later, however, his so-called joke became a reality . . .