Regarded as the "Football Player of the Century”, Pelé is a man with a generous soul who gives all the credit of his success to the sport but his story to glory is not as straight as it seems. In fact, the player often has to hit hard against fate to live his dreams in reality. A brief account of his major encompassments is even enough to depict the legend of the national hero of Brazil.
Achievements and Records:-
Entitled as the "FIFA World Cup Best Young Player" and was presented the Silver Ball as well as Silver Boot in 1958
Named in FIFA World Cup All-Star Team in the years 1958 and 1970
Awarded the FIFA World Cup Golden Ball and entitled as "BBC Sports Personality of the Year" in 1970
Selected as Copa América Best Player and Top Scorer in 1959
Awarded with the Silver Ball being the "South American Footballer of the Year" in 1972
Earned the title of Campeonato Paulista Top Scorer11 times in between 1957-1973
Honored as "Athlete of the Century" in 1981 by worldwide journalists and in 1999 by Reuters News Agency as well as by the International Olympic Committee
Received the FIFA Order of Merit in 1984
Chosen as "FIFA Player of the Century" in 2000
Received the honor of Ballon d'Or for consecutive six yearsfrom 1958 to 1964
Conferred with FIFA Centennial Award in 2004
Lifetime Achievement Award for "Sports Personality of the Year" presented by BBC in 2005
Received the FIFA Ballon d'Or Prix d'Honneur in 2013
With 77 goals, he is Brazil national football team's All-Time Leading Scorer
All-Time Leading Scorer of Intercontinental Cup with 7 goals
With 541 goals, IFFHS entitled him as "World's most successful Top Division Goal Scorer"
Pele has a Guinness World Record of securing most number FIFA World Cup Winners' Medals.