Born in 1940, as the son of a local club footballer.
Born into poverty, couldn’t afford own football.
Uses sock stuffed with paper or a grapefruit.
Receives first leather ball as a gift on 6th birthday.
At 11, spotted by Brazilian legend, Waldemar de Brito.
Predicts he would be “the greatest footballer in the world”.
At 15, goes professional with club Santos.
10 months later, called up to the national team.
In 1958, becomes the youngest World Cup winner at 17.
In 1970, 2 warring factions in Nigeria agree to a 48-hour ceasefire.
To watch him play an exhibition game in Lagos!
With 1281 goals in 1363 matches,
is the highest goal scorer in professional football.
International Olympic Committee’s Athlete of the Century.
FIFA’s Footballer of the Century.
Edson Arantes do Nascimento
Nicknamed O Rei – The King.
Better known to the world as
And best known as the finest footballer to have walked the earth.