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Posted in History by patriciahysell on November 19, 2014
Pelé gets 1000 goals

Pelé gets 1000 goals

November 19, 1969: Pelé scores his 1000th goal. Edson Arantes do Nascimento was born on October 21, 1940 in Três Corações, Brazil. Unless he was born on October 23, 1940. He is better known as Pelé. His father was also a footballer. He was named after Thomas Edison, but his parents intentionally left out the middle “i” even though it is sometimes added back in certain documents. His family nickname is Dico and he was given the name Pelé in school. He grew up in poverty and earned extra money by working as a servant. His father taught him to play soccer even though they couldn’t afford to buy a real soccer ball. He played with the Bauru Athletic Club juniors and they won three consecutive championships between 1954 and 1956.

His coach took him, then 15 years old, to Sao Paulo, to try out for their professional club, Santos FC. He said the teenager would be the greatest football player in the world. Pelé impressed them and he signed his professional contract in June 1956. He debuted on September 7, 1956 and helped the team to a 7-1 win, scoring his first goal during the game. Pelé was given a starting position for the 1957 season and at the age of 16 became the top scorer in the league. Ten months after signing his first contract, he was called up to the Brazil national team. From the beginning, he scored often and kept racking up the goals.

During the 1962 World Cup, several wealthy European clubs attempted to lure Pelé away. Real Madrid, Juventus, and Manchester United tried to sign him, but Brazil had declared him an “official national treasure” to prevent him from being transferred out of the country. His scoring slacked off, but he continued to put the ball into the net. On this day, while playing against Vasco da Gama, Pelé scored from a penalty kick at the Maracana Stadium. This was a highly anticipated event and is popularly called O Milesimo (The Thousandth). According to the player himself, his most beautiful goal was scored on August 2, 1959 but there was no video of the event.

Pelé was voted the World Player of the Century in 1999 and made the list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. He is the most successful league goal scorer in the world with 541 league goals. He played 1,363 games in which he scored 1,281 goals which landed him in the Guinness World Records. These numbers included unofficial friendlies and tour games. He was, for a time, the highest paid athlete in the world and is a national hero in Brazil. He won three FIFA World Cups – 1958, 1962, and 1970, the only player to do so. He retired from the game in 1977 and has been a worldwide ambassador for his beloved sport since that time.

I am constantly being asked about individuals. The only way to win is as a team. Football is not about one or two or three star players.

Enthusiasm is everything. It must be taut and vibrating like a guitar string.

If I pass away one day, I am happy because I tried to do my best. My sport allowed me to do so much because it’s the biggest sport in the world.

Wherever you go, there are three icons that everyone knows: Jesus Christ, Pelé and Coca-Cola. – all from Pelé

Also on this day: Synonymous with Failure – In 1959, the Ford Edsel line was discontinued.
Seven – In 1997, the McCaughey septuplets were born.
87 Years Later – In 1863, Lincoln gave his Gettysburg Address.
Prestige – In 2002, the Prestige and her cargo sunk.

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