Mourning Pelé: the world's greatest soccer player
Santos debut and first goal -
In June 1956 at just 15 years old, Pelé signed a professional contract with Santo
Number 10 -
Pelé played for Santos from 1956 to 1974, wearing the number 10 jersey throughout (the same number given to him in the Brazilian international squad).
International debut -
The rising star's first international match was against Argentina on July 7, 1957, at the Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
Emotional win -
The 17-year-old Pelé cries on the shoulder of goalkeeper Gilmar after Brazil wins the 1958 World Cup Final. He scored two of Brazil's five goals.
The most successful league goal-scorer in the world - In his career, the Brazilian ace scored 650 competitive goals in 694 league matches, for Santos and the New York Cosmos.
Brazil's leading goalscorer -
Pelé is the all-time leading goalscorer for Brazil, with 77 goals in 92 appearances. Neymar recently matched him, but he has 124 games under his belt.
The 1970 Brazil World Cup team - Brazil's 1970 World Cup squad is considered by many sports commentators as the greatest soccer team in history.
Third World Cup win -
A celebrating Pelé, surrounded by teammates, hoists the World Cup trophy in Mexico.
Singing and scoring -
Few realize that music played an important role in the soccer legend's life.
Entering the Cosmos -
Pelé joined American professional soccer club the New York Cosmos on June 10, 1975.
'Escape to Victory' (1981) -
Pelé joined the cast of this WWII film about a group of Allied prisoners of war who play an exhibition match of soccer against a German team.
With Banks, of England -
Pelé and former England goalkeeper Gordon Banks (1937–2019) with a picture of the famous save Banks made to deny the Brazilian a goal during the 1970 World Cup.
Jules Rimet Trophy -
Pelé kisses a replica of the Jules Rimet World Cup Trophy, which was used in the tournament from 1930 to 1970. Brazil won the trophy outright in 1970.
World Player of the Century -
In 1999, the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) voted Pelé the World Player of the Century.
Film celebrity -
The retired legend and wife Marcia Aoki attend the world premiere of 'Pelé: Birth of a Legend' during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. Aoki was Pelé's third wife.
Write on! -
The former player published several autobiographies, which he enthusiastically promoted around the world.
Fantastic support -
Brazilian fans pay tribute to their hero during a World Cup game by donning smiling Pelé masks.
A legend -
Several decades after closing his career, Pelé is still lauded as one of the best players in history, and frequently ranked the best player ever.