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The Black Pearl, Edson Arantes do Nascimento aka Pele

The best there ever was, and still no one close to him

Last night saw a biography on Pele so decided to write about this movie and this certain professional best athlete..

Pelé was born in Três Corações, Minas Gerais, Brazil, the son of Fluminense footballer Dondinho (born João Ramos do Nascimento) and Celeste Arantes. he was the eldest sibling. Was the eldest of his siblings. He earned extra money by polishing shoes, working at tea shops or as servant. He used to play football with his childhood friends using a sock filled with newspaper or other clothes as they had no money for a proper ball or other football necessities. In the year 1950, Brazil faced a shameful defeat in the FIFA world cup that made his father very grieved because he was also a professional footballer and due to being injured couldn’t play for his country. At that time Pele promised his father that he’d win a world cup for Brazil, that he kept in the year 1958.

His father came to know about his boy’s talents by watching him play in a local tournament. He started to train Pele himself. The name Pele even bore fame in that particular game that came from Bile as he couldn’t pronounce it right and said Pele. That match performance also gave him attentions of the officials of a local club Santos FC. His father trained him by using Grape Fruit. At the age of 15 he joined Santos FC. The coach there preferred European play style over Brazilian style the “Ginga” which Pele used to execute. At 1st he started to learn the European style but in vain and was not able to perform as he did with Ginnga.  So during a match he shifted back to Ginga and scored a stunner. His coach called him and asked him to do this again and he did marvelously.


At the age of 16 he was selected in the national team for world cup 1958, Sweden, being the youngest ever. At that time Sweden and France were the strongest contenders for the cup. Pele was injured in the training and was not able to play in the group stages but he was back for the match against USSR. He failed to score but Brazil managed to win by 2-0. In the quarter-finals he scored one goal against Wales. Now there was the big game against France, the Semi-final. The 1st half ended in a tie. But at the end of the second Brazil were leading with 5-2 and moved into the finals defeating France. Young Pele had scored a hat-rick using his native Ginga style.

The final was played in Solna, in the Råsunda Stadium; 50,000 people watched as the Brazilians went a goal down after four minutes. However Vavá equalised shortly afterwards and then put them a goal ahead before half time. In the second half Pelé outshone everyone, notching up two goals, including the first one where he lobbed the ball over Bengt Gustavsson then followed it with a precise volley shot. Zagallo added a goal in between, and Sweden managed a consolation goal. In the end Brazil were the Champions of the world and Young Pele the Champion of Brazil winning against Sweden in a world cup final with 5-2.