Pele Achieves His Dream

Pelé, originally named Edson Arantes do Nascimento, grew up poor in Brazil. He had no shoes, no soccer balls, no organized soccer team to play for, and was often hungry. Despite these barriers, when he was about 9 years old, he told his dad he would win the World Cup. He let nothing keep him from his desire to play soccer and found a solution for every problem life put in front of him. To solve the challenge of not having a ball he made one out of socks and newspapers. Later he set up a team on his own by gathering together a group of friends. Then, to get a real ball, they began selling peanuts to raise enough money to buy one. They played without shoes in the street. When he became good enough, many teams wanted him to play for them. He was hired by Santos FC, when he was only 15, and went on to play for Brazil, winning the World Cup three times. Many regard him as the greatest player who has ever lived.

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