Remembering Pelé with SI Vault: Brazilian football legend dies

At the age of 17 in 1958, Edson Arantes do Nascimento clinched what would be the first of three World Cup titles. Fast forward 65 years, and the man known as Pelé was still a household name, synonymous with excellence.

The Brazilian legend died on Thursday after a month-long stay in hospital for complications from cancer, and the impact of his legacy has prompted tributes from around the world.

Pelé was – and still is – an iconic figure in the history of sport, known as much for his World Cup triumphs and scoring records as for spreading the game around the world. He ended his career with a stint with the New York Cosmos.

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