Edison Arantes do Nascimento(born 21 October 1940), KBE, best known by his nickname Pelé, is a Brazilian football player. He was given the title of Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee. Time magazine listed Pelé as one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century. While his birth certificate shows his first name as Edison (after Thomas Edison), he prefers to call himself Edson, but it is as Pelé that he has become a sporting legend.
In his native Brazil, Pelé is hailed as a national hero. He is known for his accomplishments and contributions to the game of football in addition to being officially declared football ambassador of the world by FIFA and a national treasure by the Brazilian government. He is also acknowledged for his vocal support of policies to improve the social conditions of the poor (when he scored his 1,000th goal he dedicated it to the poor children of Brazil). During his career, he became known as “The King of Football” (O Rei do Futebol), “The King Pelé” (O Rei Pelé) or simply “The King” (O Rei). He is also a member of the American National Soccer Hall of Fame.
1. ENTHUSIASM IS EVERYTHING. IT MUST BE TAUT AND VIBRATING LIKE A GUITAR STRING.
2. I’VE COME TO ACCEPT THAT THE LIFE OF A FRONTRUNNER IS A HARD ONE, THAT HE WILL SUFFER MORE INJURIES THAN MOST MEN AND THAT MANY OF THESE INJURIES WILL NOT BE ACCIDENTAL.
3. EVERYTHING IS PRACTICE.
4. A PENALTY IS A COWARDLY WAY TO SCORE.
5. FOR 20 YEARS THEY HAVE BEEN ASKING ME THE SAME QUESTION, WHO IS THE GREATEST? MARADONA OR PELE? I REPLY THAT ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS LOOK AT THE FACTS – HOW MANY GOALS DID HE SCORE WITH HIS RIGHT FOOL OR WITH HIS HEAD?
6. HE IS THE BEST IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW, … WITHOUT A DOUBT, HE IS THE PLAYER WHO GIVES THE MOST JOY.
7. I’M WORRIED WITH THIS FRONT-RUNNER STATUS, … WE HAVE HAD SEVERAL EXAMPLES OF TEAMS THAT WERE HEAVY FAVORITES … BUT ENDED LOSING.
8. THE MOST TALENTED KID WE’VE EVER SEEN AT THAT AGE.
9. FOR ME IT;S A PROUD MOMENT TO BE TODAY.
10. IT IS ENCOURAGING TO HEAR THAT MEN OF GREAT ABILITY THEMSELVES THINK WE HAVE TALENT IN OUR RANKS.
11. IT HELPS A LOT, … WE GET A JUMP START AND GET TO KNOW EVERYTHING AND BE TOGETHER AS A TEAM WHEN A LOT OF TEAMS AREN’T.
12. HE WAS SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL, … I COULDN’T BELIEVE IT WHEN SVEN SPOKE OF WAYNE IN THE SAME BREATH BUT IT JUST GOES TO SHOW SPECIAL HE HAS BECOME AND HOW HIGHLY THOUGHT OF HE IS NOW.
13. SUCCESS IS NO ACCIDENT. IT IS HARD WORK, PERSEVERANCE, LEARNING, STUDYING, SACRIFICE AND MOST OF ALL, LOVE OF WHAT YOU ARE DOING OR LEARNING TO DO.
14. I DON’T BELIEVE THERE IS SUCH A THING AS A BORN SOCCER PLAYER. PERHAPS YOU ARE BORN WITH CERTAIN SKILLS AND TALENTS, BUT QUITE FRANKLY IT SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE TO ME THAT ONE IS ACTUALLY BORN TO BE AN ACE SOCCER PLAYER.
15. IF YOU ARE FIRST YOU ARE FIRST. IF YOU ARE SECOND, YOU ARE NOTHING.