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Know These Reasons Why Pele Will Never Be Forgotten Ever!

As football is the most popular sport in the world, so does Pele is the most popular footballer in the world. If only a name is enough to represent footballs or if only one name is enough to represent a country (Brazil), Pele - a name is enough. There is no special honor that limits Pele, there is no corner of the world where football is played but Pele's name is not uttered. So, any name that is uttered including King of Football, Football Icon, Football Legend, or Football Magician, Pele's name comes up in support. Pele was awarded "The Greatest" by FIFA which declared him one of the most successful and popular sports figures of the 20th century. In 1999, Pelé was named "Athlete of the Century" by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and included in the Time List of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century. In 2000, Pelé was named "Player of the Century" by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) (jointly with Argentine Diego Maradona). Pele's 1,279 goals in 1,363 games (including friendlies) are also recognized as a Guinness World Record. However, if you want to know more about Pele, the king of football, then this post is for you.


How many Football World Cups Pele has played?

Pele has played in four World Cups in total, in 1958, 1962, 1966, and 1970 respectively, and is the youngest player ever to play four successive World Cups so far. In 1958 Pele won the FIFA World Cup Best Young Player and FIFA World Cup Silver Ball award for the first time in his career. Besides, Pele is the only youngest player to win three World Cup finals. 

How many soccer world cups has Pele won?

Pele won a total of three World Cups, in 1958, 1962, and 1970(Although he participated in four World Cups in 1958, 1962, 1966, and 1970) respectively and he was awarded the FIFA World Cup Golden Ball (Best Player) in 1970, held in Chile. Pele clinched his first victory in 1958 at the tender age of 17, playing an instrumental role in Brazil's triumph. Pele then secured his second World Cup in 1962, although he faced injury and could not participate in the latter stages. Finally, in 1970, Pele led Brazil to their third World Cup title, displaying his exceptional skills and contributing significantly to the team's success. Here are details of Pele's World Cup-winning years:

  • World Cup Win:        1958, 1962, and 1970

How many goals does Pele score in the World Cup?

With 12 goals in 14 matches in the FIFA World Cups, Pele of Brazil is the fifth-most World Cup goal scorer of all time and played four consecutive World Cups in 1958, 1962, 1966, and  1970. The Brazilian legend displayed his exceptional talent and goal-scoring prowess in four separate World Cup campaigns. Pele made his debut at the age of 17 in 1958 and was instrumental in securing Brazil's first-ever World Cup win that year. He scored six goals alone in the tournament, including a mesmerizing hat trick in the semi-finals. Pelé continued to excel at subsequent World Cups, scoring four goals in 1962 and two more in 1970, when Brazil triumphed again.

How many hat tricks does Pele score in the World Cup?

Pele scored only one hat trick in the World Cup and it came against France in the semi-finals of the 1958 World Cup held in Sweden. Pele is the youngest player to score a World Cup hat trick at the age of 17 years and 244 days. Pele, the greatest footballer of all time, scored a total of 12 hat tricks in his illustrious career. But when it comes to the FIFA World Cup, Pele achieved the remarkable feat of scoring only one hat trick. This memorable performance took place during the 1958 World Cup held in Sweden. In a semi-final match against France, Pele netted three goals (52, 64, 75 min), displaying his exceptional skill and goal-scoring prowess. This hat trick played a significant role in Brazil's first football World Cup title and he became the youngest player to score a World Cup hat trick at the age of 17 years and 244 days.

How many goals does Pele score for Santos?

Pele began playing for Santos (Brazilian Football Club) at the age of 15 and from 1956 to 1974, he played 636 matches while he scored 618 goals (The top goal scorer of all time for Santos FC). While the exact number of goals he scored for Santos is a topic of debate, it is widely accepted that Pele netted over 1,000 goals during his time with Santos. His goal-scoring feats continue to inspire football enthusiasts worldwide.

How many goals does Pele score for the New York Cosmos?

In 1975, Pele began playing for the New York Cosmos (An American Professional Soccer Club based in New York City and its Suburbs), and from 1975 to 1977, he played 64 matches while he scored 37 goals. Moreover, in the club career, Pele has scored 655 goals from 700 matches and he is one of the top goal scorers in club football competitions in the world. During his tenure with the Cosmos, Pele made a significant impact on American soccer and helped increase the league's popularity. Regardless of the exact numbers, Pele's time with the New York Cosmos displayed his outstanding talent and he has left an indelible mark on sports in the United States.

When does Pele score the first goal for Brazil?

Pele scored his first goal for Brazil on July 7, 1957, at Maracanã Stadium (Brazil). At the age of 16 years and 9 months, Pele made his international debut against Argentina in a friendly match in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Pele showed his extraordinary talent when he scored the first goal for the national team in the 55th minute of the game. This historic moment marked the beginning of Pele's illustrious career, as he became one of the greatest footballers of all time, winning three FIFA World Cups with Brazil and setting numerous records throughout his remarkable career.

How many goals does Pele score in his career?

Pele, the legendary Brazilian footballer, scored an impressive number of goals throughout his illustrious career. Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, Pele scored an astonishing total of 1,283 goals. These goals have been scored in official matches including domestic league games, international games, and various cup competitions. Pele's goal-scoring prowess was outstanding, demonstrating his exceptional skill, agility, and scoring instincts. His extensive career spanned from 1956 to 1977, during which he played for Brazilian club Santos and the Brazil national team. Here are the details of Pele's Goals:

  • World Cup Goals:             12 goals in 14 Matches
  • Copa America Goals:        8 goals in 6 Matches
  • For Santos:                       618 goals in 636 Matches
  • For New York Cosmos:     37 goals in 64 Matches
  • Friendly Match Goals:       34 Goals in 50 matches
  • Other Tournament Goals:  17 goals in 16 matches

How many Inter-continental Cups has Pele won?

Pele won two consecutive Intercontinental Cups during his illustrious football career. The Intercontinental Cup was an annual football competition played between the champions of Europe and South America. Pele won his first Intercontinental Cup in 1962 when his club Santos defeated Benfica, the European champions at that time. He then went on to win his second Intercontinental Cup in 1963, again with Santos, defeating AC Milan (Italy).

How many hat tricks does Pele have?

Pele has scored 92 hat tricks during his career for Santos, New York Cosmos, and Brazil, while one of the most important hat tricks came in the 1958 World Cup against France in the semi-final. Pele scored the first hat trick of his senior career in a friendly match against Fabri de Lavras on 9 June 1957 at the age of 16 years and 197 days and became the youngest player to achieve that record. Pele’s record-breaking achievements and his contributions to the sport continue to inspire generations of players and fans alike.

FIFA Awards

Pele, the Brazilian football legend, has received numerous FIFA awards throughout his career. He was named FIFA World Player of the Century in 1999, recognizing his incredible skill and achievements. In addition, Pele was awarded the FIFA Order of Merit, which is the highest honor given by FIFA, for his contribution to football.  His talent, goal-scoring prowess, and impact on the game have made him an iconic figure in football history. Here is the list of FIFA Awards that Pele has won:

  • FIFA World Cup winner 1958, 1962, 1958
  • FIFA Player of the Century (2000)
  • FIFA Centennial Award (2004)
  • FIFA 100 Greatest Living Footballers (2004)
  • FIFA Ballon dÓr Prix d'Honneur(2013)
  • The Youngest player to score twice in a FIFA World Cup final 1958, and 1970
  • The Youngest player to win the FIFA World Cup 1958, 1962, and 1970
  • The Youngest player to score a hat trick in the FIFA World Cup 1958
  • The Youngest player to play in the FIFA World Cup in 1958
  • The Youngest goal scorer in the FIFA World Cup in 1958
  • The first player to score in three successive FIFA World Cups (including a hat trick)

Number 10" Jersey 

Before the arrival of Pele, the “10” Jersey was only a number. But after the advent of Pele, the number “10” has acquired a different glory worldwide. Apart from the great Pele, Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi, Michel Platini, Johan Cruyff, Roberto Bajo, Zinedine Zidane, and Ronaldinho, have worn the number 10 jersey. But looking back in history, it can be seen that a 17-year-old boy named Pele brought the number 10 jersey to everyone’s attention for the first time in the 1958 World Cup, held in Sweden.

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Finally, this dedicated post illuminates why Pele is called the king of football and why Pele will never be forgotten by millions of football fans worldwide. However, if this post has missed any important points about Pele, please comment below or email us. SportsOwls is always with sports and always for sports fans around the world. Don't forget to comment, or share this post on social media if you liked it. You can also connect with us on our social media pages: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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