The story of a poor boy from Brazil who became the greatest soccer player of all time and one of the most important athletes of the twentieth century!
His parents may have named him Edson Arantes do Nascimento, but to the rest of the world, he is known as Pelé. The now-retired professional soccer forward stunned Brazil when he began playing for the Santos soccer club at age fifteen. He then went on to captivate the world when he joined his country's national soccer team and helped them win three World Cup championships. Although he's hailed as a national hero for his accomplishments in soccer, Pelé has been an influential person both on and off the pitch. His work with organizations like UNICEF has helped improve conditions for children around the world. Young readers can learn more about the man who connected soccer with the phrase "The Beautiful Game."
About the Author
James Buckley Jr. has written more than 50 books for kids, including Who Was Ernest Shackleton? and Who Was Roberto Clemente?
Andrew Thomson is an illustrator and artist, currently living and working in Guildford in the south of England.
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Who Is Pelé?
Excerpted from "Who Is Pele?"
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Table of Contents
Who Is Pelé? 1
The Boy Who Loved Soccer 7
September 7 Team 21
Young Star 33
World Cup Glory 48
A Busy Time 62
The World of Pele 69
One More Championship 81
Pelé's Triumphs Continue 91