Soccer Legend

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, more famously known as Pelé, is a retired Brazilian professional soccer star who played for Santos and the New York Cosmos. He is considered by many to be the greatest player of all time. Pelé was voted World Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) in 1999 and was also selected by Time as one of their 100 most influential people of the 20th century. According to IFFHS, he is also the most successful league scorer in the entire world, with 541 goals. Pelé has scored a total of 1281 goals in 1363 games. Throughout his career, he has won three FIFA World Cups, in 1958, 1962 and 1970. Since retiring in 1977, he went on to become a worldwide ambassador for the sport and was named the Honorary President of the New York Cosmos in 2010. Aside from being loved for his legendary status in sports, Pelé was also a great giver. In 2012, he was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Edinburgh for his huge contributions to humanitarian and environmental causes. (Photo: Ira L. Black/Ira L. Black Photography/Corbis)