Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pelé, is a retired Brazilian footballer. He is regarded by many experts, football critics, former players, current players and football fans in general as the best player of all time


Pele - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos 2006.jpg
Pelé in 2007
Personal information
Full name Edson Arantes do Nascimento[1]
Date of birth 21 October 1940 (age 73)[1]
Place of birth Três Corações, Brazil
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Forward[2][3][4][5]
Attacking midfielder[6][7][8][9][10]
Youth career
1953–1956 Bauru
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1956–1974 Santos 638 (619)
1975–1977 New York Cosmos[11] 56 (31)
694 (650)
National team
1957–1971 Brazil 92 (77)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).