Synopses & Reviews
Even people who don't know football know Pelé. The best of a generation of Brazilian players universally acknowledged as the most accomplished and attractive group of footballers ever to play the game, he won the World Cup three times and is Brazil's all-time record goalscorer.
But how did this man -- a sportsman, a mere footballer, like many others -- become a global icon? Was it just by being the best at what he did, or do people respond to some other quality?
The world's greatest footballer now gives us the full story of his incredible life and career. Told with his characteristic grace and modesty, but covering all aspects of his playing days and his subsequent careers as politician, international sporting ambassador and cultural icon, PELE: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY is an essential volume for all sports fans, and anyone who admires true rarity of spirit.
From the poverty-stricken streets of São Paulo to the top of the soccer world, Pelés life story is as extraordinary as it is enrapturing. With his trademark wit and deference, the legend presents the fantastic events of his life with insight and humor in this tell-all autobiography. He discusses his meteoric rise to become one of the greatest soccer players of all time, including his three World Cup championships and numerous league victories. On top of his athletic achievements, Pelé also discusses his role as a staunch campaigner for human rights and the plight of street children in his home country, as well as his recent role as a UN Ambassador. By turns addictive, moving, and enlightening, this is the ultimate story of the ultimate sports star.
About the Author
Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known to the world as Pelé, won the World Cup with Brazil in 1958, 1962 and 1970. He scored nearly 1,300 goals in his professional career and is Brazil's record goalscorer with 97 goals. He lives in Brazil and the United States.