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"That gave me a lot of confidence", Pelé said, "I knew then not to be afraid of whatever might come".In 1956, de Brito took Pelé to Santos, an industrial and port city located near São Paulo, to try out for professional club Santos FC, telling the directors at Santos that the 15-year-old would be "the greatest football player in the world." Pelé was highly promoted in the local media as a future superstar.
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.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.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.
Pelé was born on 23 October 1940, in Três Corações, Minas Gerais, Brazil, the son of Fluminense footballer Dondinho (born João Ramos do Nascimento) and Celeste Arantes. He received the nickname "Pelé" during his school days, when it is claimed he was given it because of his pronunciation of the name of his favorite player, local Vasco da Gama goalkeeper Bilé, which he misspoke but the more he complained the more it stuck.
In his mid-teens, he played for an indoor football team called Radium.
Indoor football had just become popular in Bauru when Pelé began playing it.
), is a Brazilian retired professional footballer who played as a forward.
He is widely regarded as the greatest football player of all time.
He earned extra money by working in tea shops as a servant.