Edson Arantes do Nascimento was born 70 years ago today and remains the most iconic footballer of all time. With three World Cups to his name Pele will forever be linked with the greatest competition in world football and we have put together below 10 iconic videos from his illustrious career.
1. Pele destroys Juventus. Pele made his debut for Santos in 1956 and at the age of just 16 he became the top goal scorer in the Brazilian league. In 1959 he was the man of the match in a 4-2 win over Sao Paolo rivals Club Atletico Juventus, scoring a stunning goal that has since been recreated with modern technology.
2. A World Cup winner at 17. Not only did Pele break plenty of records at the 1958 World Cup, including youngest player to appear in a tournament and to play in the final, the Santos forward had a starring role. After netting a hat-trick in the semi-final against France (another new record), Pele scored two goals, the first of which was a lob over a defender and then volleyed finish that remains one of the all-time iconic goals of World Cup finals.
3. Injury strikes in 1962. Pele might have been part of the successful Brazilian World Cup squad in Chile but would only take part in two games. He did score an incredible goal against Mexico, beating four defenders before firing home, but would pick up an injury against Czechoslovakia and Garrincha would end up being the talisman for the Samba Stars.
4. Kicked out of the 1966 World Cup. On a personal and national level, the 1966 World Cup in England was a disaster for Pele and Brazil. The brutal fouling of Brazil's iconic No. 10 by Brazilian and Portuguese defenders saw the South American holders dumped out in the group stages and Pele vowed never to play in the World Cup again.
5. The 1,000th goal. In typical Pele style, the 1,000th goal was scored at the Maracana, the spiritual home of Brazilian football. It came against Vasco Da Gama, from the penalty spot and was given its own name: "O Milesimo." The scenes in November 1969 were just a prelude to what would happen in the World Cup the following year.
6. The greatest team ever. The 1970 World Cup winning Brazil team is generally considered to be the greatest ever to grace planet earth. Winning all their games in the lead-up to the Mexico final, Brazil would put on a master class against Italy in their 4-1 win. Pele opened the scoring with a brilliant header and then set-up the fourth goal for Carlos Alberto's fourth which is yet another of the most shown World Cup goals ever.
7. The New York Cosmos. Despite being recognised as the greatest footballer in the world during his playing career at Santos, Pele was unable to leave his first club due to being labelled an "official national treasure." Once retired and in need of a cash boost, Pele joined the nascent NASL in America and produced plenty of magic for the New York Cosmos. The high point was the 1977 NASL championship in his third and final season in the Big Apple.
8. The film star. In 1981 Pele joined an all-star cast to appear in the World War 2 based movie Escape to Victory. Despite a rib injury, Luis Hernandez (played by Pele) produced a stunning overhead kick to bring the Allies back to 4-4 against the Nazis. It was then left to Sylvester Stallone to keep out a late penalty.
9. Selling Viagra. Selling a drug for erection problems was never going to be easy so it made sense to enlist the most manly of men possible. Pele fitted the bill and for many youngsters today this is his most famous moment. "Talk to your doctor, I would!" - was as good a catch phrase as any for 'O Rei'.
10. Goal 1284. Pele continues to be heavily featured during World Cups and the most recent edition in South Africa was no different. Last June, Vivo, the largest mobile phone service provider in Brazil, gave Pele the chance to score his final goal for Brazil: “O último gol do Pelé.”