Pele, now aged 83, is still playing a key role in Argentina’s national football team.
His name is now synonymous with success, and he is one of the most influential figures in the history of the nation.
What is his legacy and how does it relate to the current Argentina?
Who are his contemporaries and how are they influencing him?
What has been the biggest influence on his work?
What are the other great footballing figures he has inspired?
Listen in to find out.
The Pele in Argentina Pele is Argentina’s most successful player of all time.
He has won six Copa America titles, won three European Cups, five Copa Libertadores, six European Club Cups and won four World Cups.
His achievements have inspired generations of Argentines, and the legacy he leaves behind will remain a powerful force for years to come.
He was born in Argentina in 1934.
His father was a successful businessman who made his fortune by importing cotton from Argentina and later developed the industry into one of Latin America’s most powerful economies.
Pele’s mother was a mother of five children, who died before the birth of his father.
Peletos family lived in the town of Manzanillo, in the coastal city of San Juan, where his father, Alfredo, a lawyer, built a factory.
Peleg had already played football at a young age, and when he arrived at the school, he took his first step.
His mother, Liza, was a student at the local primary school.
Peles mother had to stay home to look after the children, but he went to the school regularly.
Pele was a member of the school’s football team in the early 1930s, and was nicknamed the ‘Pele of the sea’.
The Pele family travelled around the world for many years, playing in the tournaments of the Intercontinental Cup and World Cup, but eventually it was time to move to Buenos Aires.
Pelim, a city of 7,000 people, is the capital of Argentina.
It is also home to one of Argentina’s biggest football clubs, Estudiantes.
Estudiants home stadium is the Estadio Azteca, and Pelim’s home is the San Vicente Arena, home of the Argentine national team.
A young Pele with his mother and sisters, Peleg and Liza.
Perez Pele: Pele and Lizzie’s son, born in 1946.
Peletes father Alfredo died when Peleg was eight.
Pelem is now 87 and has become the world’s most famous footballer.
He captained Argentina at youth level, making his debut for the team in 1947.
He made his international debut in the 1950 World Cup in Japan, and then made his first World Cup appearance in 1956.
He went on to score 19 goals in 54 appearances, helping Argentina to victory in their group.
Pelevy and Pele had a daughter, Lizzi, with whom Peleg remained married for 40 years.
Pely was an ardent supporter of the national football teams, and in 1966 he gave away all of his World Cup gold medals, leaving behind a trophy cabinet full of trophies.
Pe lele and Peleg were the main attractions of the San Fernando Valley in Argentina.
Pepe was a huge figure in the city’s development, and many Argentines were born in the area.
He played for Estudianos youth team and even starred in his own soccer team.
In 1967, Pele became the first Argentinian to win the FIFA World Player of the Year award.
Pelete’s influence has been felt in the country for years, and his legacy will last for generations to come, with the likes of Lionel Messi, Ronaldo and Luis Suarez now leading the Argentinian footballing world.
What is Pele like to watch?
Pele was not a household name before he made his Argentina international debut, and it has been said that the world was not ready for Pele to make his mark.
Peleton’s performance in the 1966 World Cup was arguably his best ever.
Pelee was one of those rare footballers who could score goals, and with a trademark smile and a great touch on his foot, he was a favourite with his teammates.
Pe Pele captained the Argentinians national team to victory against Uruguay in the 1958 World Cup final, scoring the winning goal with a free-kick.
Pe Lele is considered one of football’s great players.
He is also one of its greatest personalities, with a massive following in Argentina and beyond.
He may be the greatest footballing player in history, and one of Argentinias greatest icons.
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