Edison Arantes do Nascimento, fondly and famously known as Pele, is a retired Brazilian footballer. Spotted by football star Waldemar de Brito Pele began playing for Santos at 15 and his national team at 16, and won his first World Cup at 17. In 1961 President Janio Quadros had Pele declared a national treasure thus enabling Santos to keep Pele for almost two decades until 1974. With Pele within their ranks, Santos reached their zenith by winning the 1962 and 1963 Copa Libertadores. In 1962 Santos became the first football club ever to win four out of four competitions in a single year, thus achieving the quadruple. elé played most of his career as a deep-lying forward.
He is the all-time leading scorer of the Brazil national football team and is the only footballer to be a part of three World Cup-winning squads. In November 2007, FIFA announced that he would be awarded the 1962 medal retroactively, making him the only player in the world to have three World Cup winning medals. In 1999, his profile was voted Football Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics(IFFHS). Pele was elected "Athlete of the Century" by the International Olympic Committee and Reuters News Agency in 1999, and by French newspaper L'Equipe in 1981. According to the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) he is the most successful league goal scorer in the world, with a record 541 league goals. He is regarded by many experts, players, and fans as the best player of all time.