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Pele: The Autobiography

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Story of Pele from his childhood in a tiny village where the kids used an old sock stuffed with rags for a soccer ball. Pele: The Autobiography is a remarkable book that chronicles the life of one of the greatest soccer players in history, Pele. To my mind Pelé is the greatest footballing genius that the game will ever see and judging by this autobiography, it is on the football field where his artistry and genius begins and ends.

What I particularly disliked is his self-portrayal as a caring family man and a man of faith, who cheated on his girlfriend (his future wife) before and during the marriage, which resulted in two extramarital kids. His parents may have named him Edson Arantes do Nascimento, but to the rest of the world, he is known as Pelé. Since his retirement in 1977, Pelé had been a worldwide ambassador for football and had undertaken various acting roles and commercial ventures. Ejemplar Usado, puede (o no) contener signos de uso como firma, anotaciones o subrayados, consultenos para mayor informacion del estado.For a generation of football fans, he would be the eternal Greatest: lifelong and irrefutable proof that their own happy memories were objectively better than those of any subsequent generation. You would think that someone as lauded as Pele would be mega rich, but the book explores several flawed business plans.

The main character of the book is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, also known as Pele, who is a legendary Brazilian soccer player. He was such a prodigy that a top Brazilian club signed him at the age of fifteen and renamed him ‘Pele’, which would become the name he is best known by around the world. Even with the quieter time that Pele had, you get the feeling that he could have offered a little more, but perhaps worrying about his legacy made him take a step back. His autobiography did not disappoint covering his early life, football career, family life and life after football.

I cried a few times too, not for sadness but at the incredible beauty that many moments in his life brought to Pelé and anyone privileged to witness them: the 1958 Brazil World Cup victory, the first retirement where he took the ball midfield and saluted the crowd. To me, it was clear Pele was not motivated nor overly interested in these things, did not adequately understand them and was not eloquent enough to communicate on the subjects in a useful way. This book aside from his childhood mostly lists his achievements in the Football world and his success. He was a largely an uneducated boy from rural Brazil who seemed naive to the wide world in many ways. Pele is described as one of the best soccer players to ever live and is a star brazilian player to many.

Ranking the lowest on the list of our favourite books to cover Pelé, “The King of Soccer” is another biography to provide insight into the youth and senior career of the footballing icon. This book is about a poor boy from Brazil named Pele and his journey to becoming one of the greatest soccer players. My rating on this book is not that high because I think It's a good book but quite boring at the same time. The work you are putting into your business is such a great investment in the lives of so many others.In November 1969, a capacity crowd gathered at the Maracanã in a state of feverish rapture, hoping to see Pelé score his 1,000th career goal against Vasco da Gama. It was during this time that Pele began to demonstrate the leadership qualities which would make him one of the greatest players of all time. But the details of numerous games between and after World Championships and three retirements he had were a bit too much, as for me. After retirement, he continued to be involved with football, serving as an ambassador for the sport and advising both FIFA and the Brazilian Football Confederation.

He was on fire and was scoring so many goals so a year later, he made his first appearance for Brazil's National team. He is now the worlds greatest footballer, and this made me think about how incredible it is to be the best football player in the world, with a background of playing with a top stuffed with socks as he couldn't afford a proper ball- you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it. The struggles of coming from nowhere to being a household name across the world show the magnitude of what he achieved. I really enjoyed this book because it was about a really good soccer player and I used to play soccer. He retired in 1974, but was enticed briefly back into the soccer world by the New York Cosmos in 1976, helping to increase the popularity of the sport in America.

He helped Brazil win their first-ever World Cup title in 1958, and then went on to win the tournament twice more, in 1962 and 1970. And in these passages, when gliding past defenders as if operating on some higher plane of intelligence, or being hacked and crunched to pieces by cynical opposition tactics, or defining the world’s biggest games with pieces of euphoric skill, Pelé lives as he deserves to live: with the ball at his feet.

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