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Pele (Edson Arantes do Nascimento)


Complete player with both legs.
Mid Field player, not forward, and still best scorer of all time.
-Voted IOC Athelete of the Century.
-Voted FIFA Footballer of the Century.

Both sides of civil war in Africa stopped to watch him play.
Ronald Reagan:" My name is Ronald Reagan ,president of the United States of America, but you need no introduction, because everyone knows who Pele is!"
Received by Kings and Presidents all over the world.
First athlete featured in a videogame.


This guy start playing in 1954 world cup(soccer) where is a real "world cup", he was 16 years old, coaches from other teams ask Brazilian coach why he had a kid in the team? Oh open wide mouth was the reaction for every body around the world when this kid start playing shooting with both legs, better than Maradona, Of course. The three best ever Ali, Pele, Jordan
Awesome talent for sure. This guy stood out not only with his talent but he also captivated people with his skill set. I started watching soccer because of Pele and have yet to see anyone come close to his talent level on the field. He reminds me of Bruce Lee with the ease that he played the game. It came natural to Pele as fighting did to Bruce Lee. Pure and smooth best describe this icon. Number 1 on my list.
The king of THE most popular sport on the planet, Football (Soccer, for those who don't know better). He was respected and admired by BILLIONS around the globe long before athletes such as Michael Jordan and Wayne Gretzky became superstars of their respective sports, and still is to this day. Pele should be #1 on this list, followed by Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, and Wayne Gretzky.
This writer must have been sniffing the glue... Go anywhere in the globe and find out who was the best.. And I mean the best. Both in talent and recolonization.. The man stopped wars to see him play. I don't think the one's ahead of him stopped anything other Ali... The only one who can be second to Pele would be... Not probable.. Be... Mohammad Ali
Michael Jordan number one. Are you kidding me! Pele would have run circles around him. Statistically the athletic talent pool in soccer is bigger than any other sport, there are no racial, social or height constraints as in the NBA. Plus Jordan holds no major NBA record. NFL players have low endurance and baseball players have a beer belly!
I'm old enough to have seen Pele and have seen later athletes such as Jordan and Sanders from the U.S. but have to give it to Pele since more people play it and places like Europe, Africa and South America don't play American sports. Not to sure an NBA player even Jordan could keep up with a league like the Premier!
tiger woods!? really!? he hasnt broke a sweat in his life! athletism is about being fit and perhaps pele is the best at that but having tiger woods in this list is an insult! btw MJ aint that athletic anyway a lot of people just like basketball


He should be number one. Best soccer player in a sport 100 times more popular and more important. Jordan blew it by trying to play baseball. Most minor leaguers were better than him. Pele was a god surrounded by kings in the Brazilian national team.
greatest player to grace the world of sports. well educated even when coming up as an unprivilged child. amazing on and off the field. he made any team he played for just that much better. pele el saviore
All-time topscorer he changed the way people look at football, he set the stage for the first time in the 1958 at the tender age of 17 and eventually turned into the best player in the world, helping santos achieve everything possible then he moved to cosmos to promote soccer in the USA he was a great player. Simply the best.
The greatest footballer to ever live and the most goals. He is no doubt the most amazing soccer player ever to live. Every other player looks up to him and things that they can't be as good as pele. They're right.
Possibly the greatest sports player ever scoring over 1000 competitive goals (which is the most of all time) and winning an astounding three world cups. He is the god of football/soccer and no one can deny that.
I agree with the position here at #6. The top should be by best in sport period, so hence Federer being considered (appreciated). I agree with Woods being high. Jack Nicklaus was and still is the best.
Football for life! There ain't any sport like it.. agree on it! If you dissent then you must die tonight by slipping in shower getting your head banged deeply on the floor! =)
The greatest athlete in the history of team sports in terms of physical athletic ability, endurance, speed, skill level and the most influential of the 20th century.
I will never think that MJ is the number 1. Look at LeBron James for once. I guarentee he is stronger, faster, and will have the best all around sport like personality and body. Not to mention that LeBron could probably crush MJ in any sport do to his athleticism even with MJ in his prime.
When you are the greatest player of the most popular and loved sport in the world, you are automatically beat everyone else.
Pele is like Gretzky and Jordan. He became the icon that brought the sport he played in before the world. And like those two his skills are unmatched.
he won THREE world cup titles with brazil in three different decades - only person ever to do so.
The list is very wrong I love Michael Jordan but pele is more and world wide known human being pele should be number one who ever 2nd is very lucky
He is the greatest football player who has ever lived he is a legend not just in football but in any sport he should be number one on the list
Pele is the best soccer player scoring over 1,200 goals winning 17 championships and 3 world cups
Pele is a great football player all around but I think Messi at the end of his career will be the better player.
He should be number one. Pele is better than anyone that you mentioned before! ^

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