The Impact Pelé Had on Brazilian Football

Eva Boone, Writer

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, also known as Pelé, was a Brazilian football player who died on December 29th, 2022. Pelé was a bright spirit who brought hope to the Brazilian football team when they weren’t sure that they could win. 


Pelé began playing for the Santos Football Club when he was only 15 years old. He joined the Brazilian national football team in 1957 at 16. In the 1958 world cup semi-final against France, Pelé scored three goals, and in the championship game against Sweden, he scored two goals. Over his career, Pelé scored over 1,000 goals and played in over 1,000 games. After the 1958 World Cup, Pelé was declared a national treasure by the Brazilian government. 


After playing for almost 20 more years, Pelé retired. After retiring, he became a worldwide ambassador for football and was named the honorary president of the New York Cosmos in 2010. In 2014, the Pelé Museum opened in Santos, Brazil. Pelé also won many awards, published auto-biographies, and starred in numerous documentaries.


Pelé had a kind heart and soul, and will be missed dearly by all who knew him.