Arguably, the world's most famous and talented footballer, Pelé led the Brazilian national team to three World Cup victories in 1958, 1962 and 1970. During his career, he became known as "The King of Football" (O Rei do Futebol), "The King Pelé" (O Rei Pelé) or simply "The King" (O Rei).

Born to a poor family in Tres Corações, Pelé began playing for a local team as a teenager, and made his debut for Santos in 1956. Prolific and gifted, Pelé donated his 1,000th goal in 1969 to the children of Brazil and continued with the club until 1974. In 1997, Pelé received an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire from Queen Elizabeth II, at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace.

Pelé is an icon in Brazil and around the world, and is a former Brazilian ambassador for sport. He has been a patron of ABC since 2002 and has donated a number of signed items to our fundraising efforts. In 2011, Pelé launched his own brand of sportswear, Pelé Sports, and will be supporting the Street Child World Cup initiative through the sale of these products.

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