Persons [ ] Everything is practice | Pelé, 1940-2022

Edson Arantes do Nascimento “Pelé”, 1956.

“I was born to play football, just like Beethoven was born
to write music and Michelangelo was born to paint.”
“I always think that I would have become an actor if I hadn’t been a soccer player.”

“The head talks to the heart and the heart talks to the feet.”

“Enthusiasm is everything. It must be taut and vibrating like a guitar string.”

“Over the years I’ve learnt to live with two persons in my heart. One is Edson, who has fun
with his friends and family; the other is the football player Pele. I didn’t want the name. ‘Pele’
sounds like baby-talk in Portuguese.”

“Love is more important than what we can take…Please say with me three times-
Love! Love! Love!”

“People always ask me: ‘When is the new Pele going to be born?’ Never.
My father and mother have closed the factory.”

“George Best was the greatest player in the world.”
“The level of football in England is the top. English football is the leader in the world.”

“His left foot is fantastic. It’s like Mozart. God gave Freddy the gift to play soccer.
If he is prepared mentally and physically, nobody will stop him.”  (on Freddy Adu)

“I treat everybody the same. You know I love to be with people: the youngsters.”

“Everything is practice.”

“A penalty is a cowardly way to score.”

Pelé playing with a soccer ball, 1961
Pelé began playing for Santos at age 15 and the Brazil national team at 16.


Pelé is the most successful domestic league goal-scorer in football history
scoring 650 goals in 694 League matches, and in total 1281 goals in 1363 games.

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