23 Epic Photos Of Pelé To Celebrate His Birthday

Happy 73rd birthday to the “king of soccer!”

Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Pelé is without a doubt the best fucking soccer player to ever walk the planet… It’s time to celebrate this LEGEND!

1. Pelé scored his first goal for the Brazilian national team in 1957; he was only 16!

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2. The rest, my friends, is record-breaking history.

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3. Pelé was the YOUNGEST person on the field in the 1958 World Cup final against Sweden in Stockholm. Brazil won against Sweden 5 to 2; he scored two out of the final five goals.

5. The young soccer player got understandably emotional after the victory, as he became the youngest person on earth to ever win a World Cup championship.

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6. Pelé joined the Brazilian league team Santos FC from 1956 to 1974. He scored 127 goals for this team ALONE.

7. He went on to lead the soccer club to two league victories, one in 1962 and the other in 1963.

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9. Brazil won their second World Cup title against Czechoslovakia in Chile in 1962, the score was 3-1.

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11. In 1969, Pelé scored his one thousandth goal! Again, he scored 1000 GOALS!!!

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14. Pelé celebrated his third and final World Cup victory against Italy in Mexico, the final score was 4-1. He scored the first goal just 18 minutes into the game.

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17. Pelé joined the New York Cosmos in 1975; he played on the team until retiring for good in 1977.

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18. He scored 64 goals in two years.

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20. THE FAMOUS BiCYCLE KICK, 1977

21. Pelé still holds the title as the lead-scorer in the history of soccer to this day. Number ten FOREVER!!!!

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22. Happy birthday Pelé, thank you for the 1,283 goals…

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23. … And thank you for the memories!

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