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Throughout his career and in his retirement, Pelé received several individual and team awards for his performance in the field, his record-breaking achievements, and legacy in the sport.
Early in his career, he played in a variety of attacking formations and would use his dribbling skills to go past opponents.According to Pelé, indoor football presented difficult challenges; he said it was a lot quicker than football on the grass and that players were required to think faster because everyone is close to each other in the pitch.Pelé accredits indoor football for helping him think better on the spot.Pelé is the all-time leading goalscorer for Brazil with 77 goals in 92 games.At club level he is the record goalscorer for Santos, and led them to the 19 Copa Libertadores.According to the IFFHS, Pelé is the most successful league goal-scorer in the world, scoring 1281 goals in 1363 games, which included unofficial friendlies and tour games.
During his playing days, Pelé was for a period the best-paid athlete in the world.
Ten months after signing professionally, the teenager was called up to the Brazil national team.
After the 1962 World Cup, wealthy European clubs such as Real Madrid, Juventus and Manchester United tried to sign him, but the government of Brazil under President Jânio Quadros had declared Pelé an "official national treasure" the year before to prevent him from being transferred out of the country.
In 1999, he was voted World Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS).
That same year, Pelé was elected Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee.
Pelé's "electrifying play and penchant for spectacular goals" made him a star around the world, and his teams toured internationally in order to take full advantage of his popularity.