Known worldwide as Pelé, Edson Arantes do Nascimento was born on October 23, 1940, in Três Corações, a city in the Minas Gerais state of Brazil. The son of João Ramos do Nascimento (known as Dondinho) and Dona Celeste Arantes, Pelé grew up in Bauru, in the state of São Paulo. The name Edson came from the American inventor Thomas Edison, although his family nicknamed him Dico. He did not receive the nickname “Pelé” until his school days, a name he didn’t like being called at all, however it stuck and became a universally recognized moniker.
His father Dondinho, a former football player, was Pelé’s mentor, trainer and all- around hero to him at home and on the field. For young Pelé, football was the only way out of poverty and he started training daily using a sock stuffed with newspapers instead of a real ball, which the family could not even afford at the time.
In his path to becoming a legend in the sport, Pelé accomplished what no one else had ever done. His journey on the field can be summarized with so many highlights and memorable images, but what remains and stands out are his trophies and records.
After the World Cup in 1962, the most prestigious European clubs tried to sign the “Black Pearl”, but the government of Brazil declared Pelé an “official national treasure” to prevent him from being transferred out of the country. As of today, he is the greatest football scorer of all times with 1283 goals.
At the World Cup 1958 in Sweden, Pelé was the youngest ever to play in, score in, and eventually win the World Cup. He scored the only goal of the match against Wales in the quarterfinals to help Brazil advance to the semifinals, and he scored two goals in the final as Brazil beat Sweden 5-2 for the Jules Rimet trophy.
Four years later, Brazil confirmed its supremacy in football in Chile by winning its second consecutive title. At the end of the World Cup 1970 in Mexico, Pelé was carried in triumph on the shoulders of his teammates as he celebrated his third World Cup championship. This would also be his last one, out of four which he played in and he remains the only player to this day to have won three World Cup titles (1958, 1962, 1970).
Classic Fusion Chronograph Pelé has been developed by Hublot to pay tribute to Pelé – The King of Football. The rubber bracelet in black calf features soccer ball embossing with yellow seams and Pelé’s logo is stamped on the sapphire case back of this watch. An amazing timepiece, for an amazing player!