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The greatest footballer ever. Now UN environment ambassador.
Pele is widely regarded as the greatest footballer of all time. He was the youngest player to start in the Brazilian first division at the age of 16, and he became the most prolific scorer in soccer history. His topics are motivation and sports.
Pele remained at his first club Santos for almost 20 years, during which time in which he scored 1087 goals in 1120 matches.
Throughout his 15 years in the Brazil national team, Pele broke many records:-
He became the most prolific striker in Brazils history, with 77 goals in 92 matches; he is considered by FIFA the most prolific scorer in soccer history, with 1281 goals in 1363 matches in all competitions; he is the only player to have won three World Cups, although he did not receive a medal for the one in 1962, since he was injured in the final, but had played on several other matches throughout the campaign; he is one of four players to achieve the performance of scoring in two different World Cup finals, sharing this record with Paul Breitner, Vava and Zinedine Zidane.
He was awarded Brazils Gold Medal for outstanding services to the sport, before becoming Sports Minister in 1994. In 1997, he was given an honorary British knighthood. In 1992, Pelé was appointed a United Nations Ambassador for Ecology and the Environment. In 1995, he was appointed an Ambassador for UNESCO at the Goodwill Games.
He was voted athlete of the century by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1999.
In December 2000, Pelé was named Footballer of the Century by a "Family of Football" committee appointed by FIFA, after a web poll favoured Diego Maradona.
In the same year, Pelé received the Laureus World Sports Awards Lifetime Achievement Award from South African President Nelson Mandela.