Edson Arantes Do Nascimento, better known as Pele, one of the greatest sports icons in history died today.

Edson Arantes Do Nascimento, better known as Pele, one of the greatest sports icons in history died today.  Whenever we see a great artist at work–a singer, actor or sportsman, we are awestruck because we are seeing a glimpse of divinity. A high-quality creation of God. It leaves us spellbound. That was the case with Pele. He was the only player to win three World Cups and score 92 hat-tricks in his amazing career. There may be other players who also scored many goals. In fact, Pele is not the highest goal scorer in international football. That honour has been taken by Cristiano Ronaldo. There may be other players who have the physical skills that match Pele’s ability. But in sheer artistry and imagination, Pele was unequalled. Any sport is played as much with the mind as with the body and in this respect, Pele was head and shoulders above all the rest.

Pele’s career began at an early age. His father Dondinho was a good football player during his youth.

The split-second innovations and the brilliant moves that he executed have not been emulated by any other player who followed him. The breathtaking ideas that seemed to erupt from his finely tuned brain in the midst of hectic action bore the hallmark of genius. When he was 10 years old he saw his father weeping inconsolably because Brazil had lost in the final to Uruguay in the World Cup of 1950. He told his father: “Don’t worry Dad. I will bring you the trophy one day.” Pele kept his word and placed in his father’s hands not one but three World Cup trophies.  Pele’s career began at an early age. His father Dondinho was a good football player during his youth. In one match Dondinho had scored five goals. He was Pele’s childhood hero and Pele’s ambition was to become as good a player as his father. But fate had other ideas. Pele became the best player on the entire planet. 

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