Pelé Believes In His Dreams Overcoming Poverty


The belief that you can accomplish your goals is an important first step. Pelé recognized as one of the world’s greatest soccer players was raised in poverty he learned to play soccer by playing barefoot and kicking a makeshift soccer ball of socks and rags. There were no football teams for him to join as a youth; so along with a group of his peers they raised money to buy a ball. For awhile they were know as the Barefoot Team. Despite the apparently overwhelming odds, Pelé believed in himself. He told his father he would win the world cup for Brazil years before he did.

The first world cup I remember was in 1950 when I was 9 or 10 years old. My father was a soccer player ... I saw my father crying ...and I said, “Why are you crying?” My father said, “Brazil lost the World Cup”. “Don’t cry, don’t cry, I’m going to win the World Cup for you.” Eight years later, in 1958, I was playing for Brazil when we won the World Cup in Sweden.

- Pelé

One of the things, which might have helped Pelé believe in himself, was that his father was a soccer player. His father barely made enough money to support the family and ended his career with injuries. However, he did help Pelé and provided him with some training and an example of possibilities. Pelé’s mother was dead against football as a career and initially, fought against her son’s interests. Pelé played the majority of his career at Santos and was later recruited to the Comos after he retired from Santos. In his career, he won 3 World Cups and scored 1,283 goals in 1,367 games. Pelé received an honorary Ballon d’or when he was named FIFA Player of the Century in 2000. Pelé like many other players believed a career in football was possible for him.


Featured Posts
Recent Posts