Soccer: The World's Sport

971 Words Jul 9th, 2018 4 Pages
The amazing game of soccer is played in every continent, and is the world’s most popular sport. It is proven to be one of the number one sports to be played and watched. Because its fans and players are so devoted, the sport continues to grow. Requiring only a ball and open space, the activity is available to anyone, whether rich or poor, male or female, athletic or not. Over the years, soccer has won the hearts of many because of its unique history, many benefits, and notable achievements. Soccer has proven to be a notable sport throughout the years starting with its unique history. Soccer began all over the world tracing back thousands of years. The Chinese, …show more content…
It is clearly evident that benefits of soccer are numerous and noteworthy. Not only does soccer have many benefits, it is a unique sport because of its many notable achievements. Some of these achievements include world record breakers for both men and women. It is believed that Pele was considered the greatest soccer player of all time. In 1960 he was called a “national treasure” (Helmer and Owens, 17). Pele helped Brazil win its first World Cup in 1958 at the age of seventeen. His determination could be seen when he became injured in 1962, yet was still able to win the World Cup for Santos. Even though he was injured again in 1966 he played outstanding in the 1970 tournament. He retired from International soccer in 1971 and also from club soccer in 1974. He later came back to play for the New York Cosmos from 1975 to 1977 (Gifford, 54). In twenty-one years, Pele played 1,324 professional games and scored 1,282 goals, including 8 goals in a single game (Helmer and Owens, 17).
Women’s soccer has also had many notable achievements. Mia Hamm from the United States, who was born with a partial club foot, overcame her disability to become the youngest player ever for the U.S. women’s team at the age of fifteen. Hamm won two Olympic gold medals and one silver. She was the leading scorer in history of women’s international soccer, being the top star for ten years