There is perhaps no athlete more synonymous with their respective sport than Pelé is with soccer. His 1,358 career goals, which place him fourth on the list of career goals in the history of soccer, are about the only way to quantify his greatness and his lore, but even that falls short of truly depicting the meaning of one of sports’ greatest and most recognizable icons.
In Why Soccer Matters, Pelé, nicknamed “The King,” shares his story and his experiences to provide personal and historical context to the Beautiful Game. As someone who understands the potential impact that soccer can have beyond box scores and statistics, Pelé delves deep into the history of soccer and explores how soccer can be catalyst for global change.
With all that in mind, who better than the King to explain the potential effects of the global phenomenon of soccer?
About Pelé – Pelé began his professional career in 1954 at 16 for Brazilian side Santos F.C., where he played for nearly two decades. He won the World Cup in 1954 with Brazil as a 17-year-old, followed by two more World Cup titles in 1962 and 1970. Time magazine named him one of the 20 Most Important People of the 20th Century, while FIFA named him the top footballer of the 20th century.
Although he has been retired for more than 30 years, Pelé continues to be an ambassador for soccer and one of the most recognizable athletes in the world.
Why Soccer Matters is co-authored by Brian Winter, published by Celebra Books and is currently available.