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Brazilian football legend Pele turns 75

October 23, 2015, 16:59 UTC+3
Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pele and widely regarded to be the greatest football player of all time celebrates his 75th birthday on October 23
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Pele played for Brazil national team from 1957 to 1971 and won with this team three world Championships (1958, 1962, 1970). Photo: Brazil's national soccer team before the World Cup final against Sweden in Stockholm, 1958. Brazil defeated Sweden 5-2 to win the World Cup
Pele played for Brazil national team from 1957 to 1971 and won with this team three world Championships (1958, 1962, 1970). Photo: Brazil's national soccer team before the World Cup final against Sweden in Stockholm, 1958. Brazil defeated Sweden 5-2 to win the World Cup
Pele played for Brazil national team from 1957 to 1971 and won with this team three world Championships (1958, 1962, 1970). Photo: Brazil's national soccer team before the World Cup final against Sweden in Stockholm, 1958. Brazil defeated Sweden 5-2 to win the World Cup
© AP Photo
Pele played 91 matches and scored 77 goals for Brazil National Team
Pele played 91 matches and scored 77 goals for Brazil National Team
Pele played 91 matches and scored 77 goals for Brazil National Team
© AP Photo
Edson Arantes do Nascimento was named after the American inventor Thomas Edison. He received the nickname Pele during his school days
Edson Arantes do Nascimento was named after the American inventor Thomas Edison. He received the nickname Pele during his school days
Edson Arantes do Nascimento was named after the American inventor Thomas Edison. He received the nickname Pele during his school days
© AP Photo
Pele was married three times and has 5 children. He got married for a third time at the age of 73. Photo: Brazilian soccer star Pele and his wife Rosemarie Riccione
Pele was married three times and has 5 children. He got married for a third time at the age of 73. Photo: Brazilian soccer star Pele and his wife Rosemarie Riccione
Pele was married three times and has 5 children. He got married for a third time at the age of 73. Photo: Brazilian soccer star Pele and his wife Rosemarie Riccione
© AP Photo/Strumpf
Brazil's Pele, number 10, jumping for joy after scoring Brazil's first goal in the Azteca Stadium, Mexico City, 1970, in the first half of the World Cup Final 1970
Brazil's Pele, number 10, jumping for joy after scoring Brazil's first goal in the Azteca Stadium, Mexico City, 1970, in the first half of the World Cup Final 1970
Brazil's Pele, number 10, jumping for joy after scoring Brazil's first goal in the Azteca Stadium, Mexico City, 1970, in the first half of the World Cup Final 1970
© AP-Photo/stf/Strumpf
Brazil's Pele, centre is hoisted on the shoulders of his teammates after Brazil won the World Cup soccer final against Italy, 4-1, in Mexico City's Estadio Azteca, Mexico
Brazil's Pele, centre is hoisted on the shoulders of his teammates after Brazil won the World Cup soccer final against Italy, 4-1, in Mexico City's Estadio Azteca, Mexico
Brazil's Pele, centre is hoisted on the shoulders of his teammates after Brazil won the World Cup soccer final against Italy, 4-1, in Mexico City's Estadio Azteca, Mexico
© AP Photo/File
Pele and Maradona seen together in Italy in March 1987 as they received the trophy of “Sports Oscar” for their performance in the soccer fields
Pele and Maradona seen together in Italy in March 1987 as they received the trophy of “Sports Oscar” for their performance in the soccer fields
Pele and Maradona seen together in Italy in March 1987 as they received the trophy of “Sports Oscar” for their performance in the soccer fields
© AP Photo/Milan
Meeting of legendary football players, Soviet goalkeeper Lev Yashin and Brazilian striker Pele, 1988
Meeting of legendary football players, Soviet goalkeeper Lev Yashin and Brazilian striker Pele, 1988
Meeting of legendary football players, Soviet goalkeeper Lev Yashin and Brazilian striker Pele, 1988
© Fotokhronika TASS/Alexander Yakovlev
The most notable area of Pele's life since football is his ambassadorial work. Photo: Pele holding a sign of appeal to fight against AIDS, 1988
The most notable area of Pele's life since football is his ambassadorial work. Photo: Pele holding a sign of appeal to fight against AIDS, 1988
The most notable area of Pele's life since football is his ambassadorial work. Photo: Pele holding a sign of appeal to fight against AIDS, 1988
© AP Photo/Sadayuki Mikami
In 1992, he was appointed a UN ambassador for ecology and the environment
In 1992, he was appointed a UN ambassador for ecology and the environment
In 1992, he was appointed a UN ambassador for ecology and the environment
© ITAR-TASS/Vitaly Belousov
Pele visites not only football matches. The list of his hobbies is very wide. Photo: Brazilian soccer star Pele at Brazilian F1 Grand Prix in Sao Paulo
Pele visites not only football matches. The list of his hobbies is very wide. Photo: Brazilian soccer star Pele at Brazilian F1 Grand Prix in Sao Paulo
Pele visites not only football matches. The list of his hobbies is very wide. Photo: Brazilian soccer star Pele at Brazilian F1 Grand Prix in Sao Paulo
© AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills
Pele and David Beckham at US Soccer Foundation fundraising gala, 2008
Pele and David Beckham at US Soccer Foundation fundraising gala, 2008
Pele and David Beckham at US Soccer Foundation fundraising gala, 2008
© AP Photo/Jason DeCrow
In 1999, Pele was elected Athlete of the Century by the IOC. In 2013 he received the FIFA Ballon d'Or Prix d'Honneur in recognition of his career and achievements as a global icon of football
In 1999, Pele was elected Athlete of the Century by the IOC. In 2013 he received the FIFA Ballon d'Or Prix d'Honneur in recognition of his career and achievements as a global icon of football
In 1999, Pele was elected Athlete of the Century by the IOC. In 2013 he received the FIFA Ballon d'Or Prix d'Honneur in recognition of his career and achievements as a global icon of football
© AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File
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Pele played for Brazil national team from 1957 to 1971 and won with this team three world Championships (1958, 1962, 1970). Photo: Brazil's national soccer team before the World Cup final against Sweden in Stockholm, 1958. Brazil defeated Sweden 5-2 to win the World Cup
© AP Photo
Pele played 91 matches and scored 77 goals for Brazil National Team
© AP Photo
Edson Arantes do Nascimento was named after the American inventor Thomas Edison. He received the nickname Pele during his school days
© AP Photo
Pele was married three times and has 5 children. He got married for a third time at the age of 73. Photo: Brazilian soccer star Pele and his wife Rosemarie Riccione
© AP Photo/Strumpf
Brazil's Pele, number 10, jumping for joy after scoring Brazil's first goal in the Azteca Stadium, Mexico City, 1970, in the first half of the World Cup Final 1970
© AP-Photo/stf/Strumpf
Brazil's Pele, centre is hoisted on the shoulders of his teammates after Brazil won the World Cup soccer final against Italy, 4-1, in Mexico City's Estadio Azteca, Mexico
© AP Photo/File
Pele and Maradona seen together in Italy in March 1987 as they received the trophy of “Sports Oscar” for their performance in the soccer fields
© AP Photo/Milan
Meeting of legendary football players, Soviet goalkeeper Lev Yashin and Brazilian striker Pele, 1988
© Fotokhronika TASS/Alexander Yakovlev
The most notable area of Pele's life since football is his ambassadorial work. Photo: Pele holding a sign of appeal to fight against AIDS, 1988
© AP Photo/Sadayuki Mikami
In 1992, he was appointed a UN ambassador for ecology and the environment
© ITAR-TASS/Vitaly Belousov
Pele visites not only football matches. The list of his hobbies is very wide. Photo: Brazilian soccer star Pele at Brazilian F1 Grand Prix in Sao Paulo
© AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills
Pele and David Beckham at US Soccer Foundation fundraising gala, 2008
© AP Photo/Jason DeCrow
In 1999, Pele was elected Athlete of the Century by the IOC. In 2013 he received the FIFA Ballon d'Or Prix d'Honneur in recognition of his career and achievements as a global icon of football
© AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pele was born on October 23, 1940. Pele played for Brazil national team from 1957 to 1971 and won with this team three world Championships (1958, 1962, 1970). In total Pele scored 1281 goals in 1363 games, for which he was listed in the Guinness World Records for most career goals scored in footbal. Highlights of life of the Century's Greatest Athlete - in this photo gallery by TASS.

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