1940 - Today


Edson Arantes do Nascimento (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈɛtsõ (w)ɐˈɾɐ̃tʃiz du nɐsiˈmẽtu]; born 23 October 1940), known as Pelé ([peˈlɛ]), is a Brazilian retired professional footballer who played as a forward. Widely regarded as the greatest player of all time, he was among the most successful and popular sports figures of the 20th century. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pelé has received more than 13,931,915 page views. His biography is available in 114 different languages on Wikipedia making him the most popular soccer player.

Memorability Metrics

  • 14M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 84.67

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 114

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 12.34

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.89

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among soccer players, Pelé ranks 1 out of 13,233After him are Johan Cruyff, Ferenc Puskás, Lev Yashin, Eusébio, Garrincha, Alfredo Di Stéfano, Franz Beckenbauer, Diego Maradona, Gerd Müller, Giuseppe Meazza, and George Best.

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Among people born in 1940, Pelé ranks 1After him are Bruce Lee, John Lennon, Al Pacino, Margrethe II of Denmark, Chuck Norris, Ringo Starr, Nursultan Nazarbayev, Carlos Slim, Muhammad Yunus, Constantine II of Greece, and Frank Zappa.

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In Brazil

Among people born in Brazil, Pelé ranks 1 out of 1,296After him are Paulo Coelho (1947), Garrincha (1933), Oscar Niemeyer (1907), Ayrton Senna (1960), João Gilberto (1931), Dilma Rousseff (1947), Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (1945), Michel Temer (1940), Antônio Carlos Jobim (1927), Didi (1928), and Pedro II of Brazil (1825).


Among soccer players born in Brazil, Pelé ranks 1After him are Garrincha (1933), Didi (1928), Zico (1953), Sócrates (1954), Vavá (1934), Mário Zagallo (1931), Ronaldo (1976), Carlos Alberto Torres (1944), Nílton Santos (1925), Ronaldinho (1980), and Rivellino (1946).

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