Essay on Pelé - One of the Greatest Soccer Players of All Time

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Pelé - One of the Greatest Soccer Players of All Time

Athletic Genius, Soccer Legend, Master of Offense, Pelé. All are names for Edson Arantes do Nascimento, undoubtedly one of the greatest soccer players of all time. The purpose of this essay is to inform you about the things Pelé accomplished throughout his life and career, and also about what he did that effected the world so much.

Pelé was born on October 23rd, 1940, in the Brazilian town of Tres Coracoes, which means Three Hearts. Pelé was the first child to Dondinho and Celeste. Dondinho, his father, was a professional soccer player, and started Pelé in the sport.

Pelé started playing soccer with his friends in the street, using a sock filled with rags as a soccer ball.
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Often times when he’d outclass the older boys he was playing against, they’d become cynical, and start fights with him. “He would come right back and take a swing at the kid who hit him. The games would be cut off when everybody got into a fight,” recalls Pelé’s younger brother, Zoca. Pelé would often watch older workers play street games, and try to pick up moves from them. He and his friends would share their dreams of playing on a well-known team. Who would’ve thought? “Often when I got home from my job and from the games we played I was very tired and would skip my dinner. But to me playing soccer was even more important than eating,” Pelé says, reminiscing of his younger years.

The chance Pelé had hoped for most of his life, a spot on a soccer team, came to him when he was 12 years old. A former Brazilian soccer player, Valdemar de Brito, who was also a talent scout, had heard a lot about Pelé. As it turned out, Valdemar had been looking to start a junior soccer team, and had already begun to find kids from 12-15.
Intelligently enough, he’d been scouting around schoolyards and sandlots to find players. Then one day, he happened upon Pelé playing at a construction site, and upon watching him, Valdemar deemed Pelé ”pure genius.”

“I couldn’t believe that such a young boy was able to perform some of the moves and