Pele has been
one of the most influential players in soccer history. He is still
mentioned as one of the best players of all time, even two decades
after his retirement. His name is followed by a legacy of superb ball
control. Pele was also remembered for his amazingly smart play. He was
widely remembered as the best player in all of soccer. Pele has also
brought fame and recognition to Brazilian soccer along the way.
journey to the top was amazing one. His path was not paved by gold,
but was carved along the way through hard work and determination. Born
a poor farmer, in
in 1940, Pele earned his way to fame. However, his birth name was not
Pele, it was Edson Arantes do Nascimento. His father, Dondinho, had
played at one time, and he taught his son everything he knew. Pele
worked hard and began playing for a youth club as a teenager.
lucky day, Pele was spotted playing soccer by Waldemar de Brito. Brito
, a major Portuguese soccer club. He claimed that Pele would be the
best player in the world. Pele’s hard work paid off in 1956, when he
was signed by Santos.
After playing for only one year,
Pele made his international debut was on
July 7th, 1957
. This was a game in
verses Maracas. Another year later, at the age of 17, Pele was
recruited for the Brazilian World Cup soccer team.
Pele began to attract attention after scoring a game winning goal to
to the next round. In the next game, Pele scored three goals. By the
end of the cup, Coach Vincente Feola had gained confidence in the
young star. Another two goals in the final ensured that Pele’s
position as a superstar.
Pele continued to score for the
soccer team. His phenomenal scoring helped lead
to the 1962 and 1963 intercontinental championship. However, Pele
didn’t continue to flourish in the ’62 and ’66 World Cup. An
injury caused him to miss most of the ’62 World Cup in
, though his team still won the cup. He was injured again in 1966 at
the World Cup in
. However, in 1970, Pele put aside all rumors that he was no longer
the “King of Soccer”. He scored the opening goal of the final game
which led to a thrilling victory for the Brazilian team.
Pele’s success around the world helped him be able to claim a
roster spot on the New York Cosmos. In 1975, only one year after his
initial retirement, he was signed by the Cosmos for seven–million
dollars over three years. This helped attract more attention to soccer
and to draw interest towards the NASL (North American Soccer League).
In October of 1977, Pele’s NASL career ended. The New York Cosmos
team he played on many years ago. He played one half for each team.
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career, Pele scored 1,280 goals in only 1,380 games. He is second only
to Arthur Friedenreich, another Brazilian player. He holds the
world-record for hat-tricks (where a player scores three goals in one
game) with 92. He also has 97 goals at the international level, a feat
that can hardly be matched. He was inducted into the National Soccer
Hall of Fame in 1993.
the rest of his life, Pele wrote many books and worked towards peace.
He wrote many hit autobiographies. He was also the composer of some
music for movies such as the movie Pele, based on his life. He starred
in a few documentaries during the time too. Through UNICEF, Pele has
also made large efforts to help children’s causes. In 1978 he was
awarded the International Peace Award. The Brazilian ambassador to the
UN once said Pele had, “spent 22 years playing soccer, and in that
time he has done more for goodwill and friendship than all of the
ambassadors ever appointed."
Over his lifetime, Pele has done
wonders for the world. He proved to us that hard work can pay large
dividends. Through his soccer skills he made us believe in the
impossible. His work off the field for peace and charities has helped
make the world better for people all over. Pele may very well have
been one of the best soccer players and peace activists that the world
has seen in recent years.
Maradona, though facing
many accusations, is considered one of the most skilled professional
soccer players of all time. He was an amazing ball handler. He found
creative uses for all of his differing skills. This resulted in an
usual flair that was uncharacteristic in many players.
Diego Armando Maradona was born
October 30th, 1960
in Villa Fiorito a small town outside of
. He grew up playing soccer. He was a ball boy at the halftime of
Argentinos Juniors matches. He would entertain the fans during
halftime with his amazing foot skills. Diego was so good that fans
would begin to chant “Let him stay”.
started his career at Argentinos Juniors at the young age of fifteen.
Later he joined the Bocas Juniors. Maradona also led the
youth team to win the youth World Cup in 1979. After the 1982 world
, Maradona joined the Spanish soccer club,
. He played here for two years before moving to an Italian soccer
, a highly prestigious club in
became home to Deigo in 1984. Here, he helped
win two Italian Championships. Maradona also led the team to one Coppa
Italia, one UEFA Cup, and one Supercoppa Italiana.
became the hero of
when he led the World Cup team to a 1986 World Cup. He is said to have
single handedly taken the team to the World Cup.
downfall of the magicians’ skill began in 1994, following a World
Cup match against
. The test showed that there was ephedrine in his bloodstream. This
was banned by FIFA. He was suspended for an entire year afterward for
this violation. The rest of the team faltered without him, and they
were soon defeated.
serving his suspension, Maradona continued to play for the Boca
Juniors until 1997. On October 20th, he retired from
Diego went through highs and lows in his life, his life was truly
amazing. His skill on the field should remain in his legacy, not his
off the field actions. With this in mind, Maradona was one of the
premier players every to play soccer, and his creativity and flair
should be remembered.
Though the name may not seem familiar to the average person, he has
done wonders toward the soccer world. His ball control, speed, and
scoring skills help make him among one of the best soccer players
Nazario de Lima (he later became known as Ronaldo) was born on
September 22, 1976
. He was born in the Poor suburbs of Bento Ribeiro which was a small
Rio de Janeiro
, a large town in
. He idolized Zico, a Brazilian soccer player. By the time he was
twelve, he had begun playing on a youth club team. This team used a
miniature soccer ball, which proved to be an important step in his
development as a player. The small ball helped build superior foot
skills, a characteristic that was one of the skills that made him such
a superb player.
played was noticed at the age of seventeen by the senior World Cup
team. Due to his young age, Luis was designated as a practice only
player. Ronaldo sat on the bench as his country rolled the competition
on their way to a gold medal.
spot on the World Cup team gave him worldwide fame. Soon, Ronaldo got
noticed by European club PSV Eindhoven. He became the top scorer on
the team and soon he was signed by a Spanish club, FC Barcelona. He
then moved to the Italian team, Internazionale.
1998, Ronaldo’s career began to decline. A disappointing performance
led to a loss during the 1998 World Cup. The next season he suffered a
major knee injury, causing him to miss multiple months. In his first
game back, he played only seven minutes before injuring his knee
again. Ronaldo faced twenty months of rehabilitation before
reappearing in another game. He also had to undergo two surgeries. He
played well in the 2002 World Cup and was later awarded the Player of
the Year award for the third time.
later was traded to Real Madrid. This occurred after several disputes
with the coaches. On the first day that he was signed his shirt sales
broke many records. Even when he was sidelined because of a knee
injury, the fans continued to shout his name. However, once he came
back, he was as good as ever. He scored in his first game back In the
final game back, he also scored, marking his first season of
twenty-two goals. He helped his team win the La Liga Championship
title, which he had failed to do for his previous teams.
|He continues to wow
fans till this very day. His amazing ball skills have made him famous
throughout the world. Ronaldo has changed the soccer world forever,
and he will be remembered as one of the premier players in all of