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Pelé was born on 23 October 1940 in Brazil. His real name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento.
Pelé was named after American inventor Thomas Edison.
Pelé was the first athlete in history to become a global brand ambassador, signing a deal with Coca-Cola in 1966.
He was the first athlete to appear on the cover of Time magazine in 1972.
Pelé was an honorary member of the Brazilian air force.
He was the first professional athlete to have a wax figure at Madame Tussauds.
Pelé was the first athlete to be awarded the Order of Merit in Brazil.
He has scored over 1,000 goals in his career, making him the highest goal scorer in history.
He was a UN ambassador for ecology and the environment.
Pelé was named one of the most influential people of the 20th Century by TIME magazine.
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