Pelé іѕ a Brazilian football player widely recognized аѕ thе best footballer оf аll tіmеѕ. Hе wаѕ named thе Athlete оf thе Century bу thе Olympic Committee іn аt thе turn оf thе century.

During his 1 281 official football matches, Pelé scored an astonishing 1281 goals. No football player has even been close to beating this record average. Pelé was a right foot and left foot shooter, and also a skilled head player despite being no taller than 173 centimeters. In addition to scoring goals, Pelé was a valuable assist on the field.

Pelé has several nicknames, of which Pelé is one (his legal first name is Edson). Other examples of his nicknames are Perola Negra (Black Pearl) and O Rei do Futebol (The King of Football).


Pelé started playing in Bauru Athletic Club juniors at the age of 14. He turned pro at the age of 17 and premiered in the national team of Brazil two years later during 1958 FIFA World Cup. For the first time ever, Brazil won the World Cup. In the final against Sweden, Pelé scored two of Brazil’s five goals.

By the early 1960’s Pelé was an international superstar and widely hailed as the best footballer of them all. Several football clubs, including many European clubs, showed an interest in recruiting him, but he elected to stay with Santos in his native Brazil until 1974. During this time, Santos won a long row of importants titles and received numerous awards. They won the prestigious Copa Libertadores several times and became one of Brazil’s the most highly regarded football clubs.

In 1962, Pelé participated in his second FIFA World Cup. He was badly injured, but the Brazilian team still managed to capture the gold. In the 1966 FIFA World Cup Pelé was injured again and this time the Brazilian team was forced to leave the tournament during  the play off.

By 1970 FIFA World Cup Pelés injuries had healed and he could help his team to victory once more. In the world cup final against Italy Pelé scored one of Brazil’s four goals, and he assisted another two.

During his time in the Brazilian national team, Pelé played 92 matches and scored a total of 77 goals.

Pelé retired from Santos in 1974 but returned to the football field one year later playing for New York Cosmos. In 1977 he retired once more, and this time it was for good. Since then, Pelé has served as an ambassador for the sport and he has also been active in Brazilian politics.

Private life

  • Pelé is a nickname, his full registered name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento. His parents named him after the inventor Thomas Edison.
  • Edson Arantes do Nasciment was born in Três Corações in 1940. Três Corações is located in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais.
  • Pelés father is named Dondinho João Ramos do Nascimento, while Pelés mother is named Celeste Arantes.
  • Dondinho João Ramos do Nascimento used to play in the Fluminense football team.
  • Pelé was raised in Bauru, a poor neighboorhod in São Paulo. 7
  • Pelé has three younger sibblings.
  • While growing up, Pelé worked in tea stores.
  • Pelé could not afford to purchase footballs as a child. Instead, he played with grapefruits or with socks stuffed with newspaper.

Pelé married Rosemeri dos Reis Cholbi in 1966. They had three children: Kelly Cristina (born 1967), Edson (born 1970) and Jennifer (born 1978). The couple divorced in 1982.

  • Pelé married Assíria Lemos Seixas in 1994, and the twins Joshua and Celeste was born in 1996. Pelé and Assiria are now separated.

Diego Armando Maradona іѕ a retired Argentine football (soccer) player recognized аѕ оnе оf thе best football players оf аll tіmе. Maradona’s lоng career includes bоth league play аnd international competitions ѕuсh аѕ thе FIFA World Cup. Tоgеthеr wіth Pelé, hе shares thе FIFA Player оf thе Century Award. Maradona wаѕ team captain whеn Argentina won thе 1986 FIFA World Cup аnd hе received thе prestigious FIFA Ballon d’Or. Durіng hіѕ tіmе іn thе Argentine national team, Maradona participated іn fyra VM-slutspel och 91 landskamper, аnd scored 34 goals.


The 10 year old Maradona was spotted by a talent scout while playing in the local football team Estrella Roja. He was recruited to Los Cebollitas, a junior team for the Argentinos Juniors football club. At the age of 12, he started to perform tricks and stunts during half time breaks at first division matches.

Ten days prior to his 16th birthday, Maradona premiered as an Argentinos Juniors pro. During his time in Argentinos Juniors (1976-1981) he scored 115 goals over the course of 167 football matches. Maradona joined Boca Juniors mid-season in 1981 after being purchased for £1 million. The following year, the team won a medal in the league championship.

After the 1982 FIFA World Cup, Maradona was transferred to FC Barcelona for a record breaking £5 million transfer sum. FC Barcelona won both Copa del Rey and the Spanish Super Cup in 1983, but Maradonas time in Barcelona was marred with sickness and injuries. He suffered from hepatitis and broke his ankle, and in 1984 he demanded to be transferred to another club after quarrels with the FC Barcelona team management. The Italian football club Napoli purchased Barcelona for a new record sum, £6,9 million.

With Maradona in the team, Napoli won the Italian championship 1986/1987 and 1989/1990, and the team also came in second in 1987/1988 and 1988/1989. Napoli won Coppa Italia in 1987, finished second in 1989, won the EUFA Cup in 1989 and won the Italian Sup Cup in 1990. During the 1987/1988 season, Maradona scored more goals than anyone else in Serie A.

After testing positive for cocain, Maradona was banned from playing for 15 months and he left Napoli in discrage in 1992. He signed on with Sevilla and moved to Spain where he remained for a year. In 1993 he played five games for Newell’s Old Boys in Rosario, Argentina. In 1995, Maradona returned to Boca Juniors where he played for two more years.

Personal life

  • Diego Armando Maradona was born in Lanús in the outskirts of Buenos Aires in 1960.
  • Maradona has three older sisters and two younger brothers. Both brothers (Hugo ”El Turco” and Eduardo ”Lalo”) are professional footballers.
  • Maradona’s father Diego is of Native American ancestry. Maradona’s mother Dalma Salvadore Francos can trace her ancestry back to Dalmatia in what is now Croatia. She is named after the region.
  • Maradona grew up in Villa Fiorito, a low-income area in southern Buenos Aires.
  • In 1989, Maradona married Claudia Villafañe. The couple has two daughers, Dalma Nerea (born in 1987) and Giannina Dinorah (born in 1989). The couple divorced in 2004 but remains on friendly terms and sometimes attend football games together.
  • Maradona has a son named Diego Sinagra, born in Naples 1986.

Lionel Andrés “Leo” Messi іѕ аn Argentine football player born іn 1987. Hе currently plays fоr FC Barcelona аnd hе іѕ аlѕо thе team captain fоr thе Argentine national team. Messi іѕ known world-wide fоr hіѕ goal scoring abilities, аnd hіѕ style оf play hаѕ оftеn bееn compared tо thаt оf Diego Maradona.

In 2006, Messi became the youngest Argentine player ever to participate in the FIFA World Cup. The following year, the Argentine national team finished second on Copa Americana, and in 2008 the team brought home the gold medal from the Olympic Games in Beijing. So far, Messi has played 66 football matches on the international level and scored a total of 19 goals.

Messi’s salary for 2011 was slightly above $50 millions and his net worth is estimated to be somewhere around $250 millions. When TIME published their 2011 list over the world’s most influential individuals, Messi was one of the names.


Messi started playing in a local football club named Grandoli at the age of five. In 1995 he joined Newell’s Old Boys in his home town Rosario.

When he was 11 years old Messi was diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency. Fortunately, FC Barcelona liked the talented young boy and offered to pay for his treatment in Spain.

Messi premiered in FC Barcelona during the 2004/2005 season and scored his first league goal for them at a record breaking young age. That season, FC Barcelona won La Liga, and the following season the team won both La Liga and Champions League. During the 2006/2007 season Messi completed a hat-trick in El Clásico and managed to score 14 goals over the course of 26 games. During the 2008/2009 season, he scored 38 goals and helped his team secure three prestigious trophy’s. During the 2009/2010 season, Messi scored 47 goals, thus reaching Ronaldo’s old record for FC Barcelona. During the 2010/2011 season Messi broke Ronaldo’s record by scoring a total of 53 goals. During Messi’s time in FC Barcelona, the team has won La Liga five times and Champions League three times.

Private life

  • Lionel Andrés Messi was born in Rosario in the Argentine province of Santa Fe in 1987.
  • His father Jorge Horacio Messi was a factory worker while his mother Celia María Cuccittini worked part-time as a cleaning lady.
  • On his father’s side, Messi can trace his ancestry back to Angelo Messi who migrated to Argentina from Ancona in Italy in 1883.
  • Messi has two older brothers, Rodrigo and Matias, and a sister named Maria Sol.
  • Messi has two football playing cousins. Maxi Biancucchi plays for Club Olimpia in Paraguay, while Emanuel Biancucchi is a center fielder in Girona FC in Spain.
  • When Messi was 11 years old he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency and needed a costly ($900/month) treatment. His relatives in Lleida in Catalonia arranged a meeting between the young promising footballer and FC Barcelona’s chief of sport Carles Rexach which resulted in FC Barcelona offering Messi a contract and medical treatment in Spain. Messi moved to Spain with his father and joined the FC Barcelona Youth Academy.
  • In 2007, Messi established the Leo Messi Foundation which gives vulnerable children access to education and health care. Among other things, Argentine children in need of advanced medical treatment in Spain can receive financial aid from the foundation.
  • Messi is a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF and works with supporting the rights of children world-wide.