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Edson Arantes do Nascimento (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈɛtsõ (w)ɐˈɾɐ̃tʃiz du nɐsiˈmẽtu]; born 23 October 1940), known as Pelé (Portuguese pronunciation: [peˈlɛ]), is a Brazilian former professional footballer who played as a forward. Regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, and labelled "the greatest" by FIFA, he was among the most successful and popular sports figures of the 20th century. In 1999, he was named Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee and was included in the Time list of the 100 most important people of the 20th century. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pelé has received more than 19,837,979 page views. His biography is available in 123 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 118 in 2019). Pelé is the most popular soccer player, the most popular biography from Brazil and the most popular Brazilian Soccer Player.

Pelé is most famous for being the youngest player to score a goal in the World Cup, the youngest player to win the World Cup, and the only person to be a three-time World Cup champion.

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  • 123

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  • 13.49

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.83

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among soccer players, Pelé ranks 1 out of 16,880After him are Johan Cruyff, Ferenc Puskás, Diego Maradona, Lev Yashin, Gerd Müller, Franz Beckenbauer, Eusébio, Garrincha, Alfredo Di Stéfano, Zinedine Zidane, and Giuseppe Meazza.

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Among people born in 1940, Pelé ranks 1After him are Bruce Lee, Al Pacino, John Lennon, Margrethe II of Denmark, Nursultan Nazarbayev, Chuck Norris, Constantine II of Greece, Saparmurat Niyazov, Ringo Starr, Michael Gambon, and Bartholomew I of Constantinople.

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In Brazil

Among people born in Brazil, Pelé ranks 1 out of 2,067After him are Paulo Coelho (1947), Garrincha (1933), Oscar Niemeyer (1907), Ayrton Senna (1960), Jair Bolsonaro (1955), Dilma Rousseff (1947), Zico (1953), Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (1945), Pedro II of Brazil (1825), Rivellino (1946), and Mário Zagallo (1931).


Among soccer players born in Brazil, Pelé ranks 1After him are Garrincha (1933), Zico (1953), Rivellino (1946), Mário Zagallo (1931), Sócrates (1954), Didi (1928), Carlos Alberto Torres (1944), Vavá (1934), Ronaldinho (1980), Ronaldo (1976), and Romário (1966).

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