Pele, the Legend

Pele, the Legend

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Edson Arantes do Nascimen to popularly and widely known as a Pele is a retired football legend. He is regarded as the reason behind people being in love with the game. He made football synonymous to the title of a beautiful game. Why he is termed as a legend needs no understanding. He has his name written with a silver pen in the Guinness Book of World Records because of his phenomenon goals to matches ratio. From the world player of the century title to making it in the list of hundred most influential people of the twentieth century, he has come a long way gracefully carrying his popularity along. After his football retirement in 1977, he became the ambassador to the game and  accepted various social and commercial engagements. The Black Pearl is the god of football .When Diego Maradona terms Pele as the greatest football player of all time, then that surely means that this is no hyperbole.

Pele, the Legend

Pele, the Legend
Pele, the Legend

Maslow’s need theory is the basic idea which helps judge one’s level of need

This theory has helped us understand the level these legends have reached. Legends obviously would belong to the self-actuating level wherein all their needs are well satisfied. It is well known that some people’s dream  is just being able to see Pele in person. Some crazy fans kiss the ground surpassed by Pele himself. The moment Pele makes any public appearance, the crowd goes crazy and difficult to manage. It all appears as if this King did cast a spell around the globe. The king still rules the world (even after retirement) and will continue ruling his empire for a lifetime.

If one were to define Pele, then it would surely be Promising, Eccentric, Loveable and Excellent. These four words are the constituting derivatives of this eminent personality. When Nelson Mandela himself presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to the King Pele, it was as if two major chunks of the universe stood together in flesh and blood. He very gleefully commented on Pele’s game and compared it with that of a child’s innocence and a gentleman’s reflexes. Pele has surely seen a lot of success in his life and gives all the credit to the mighty god. He is heard saying that he plays for the Immortal. He has written an autobiography and various small notes. He has worked a lot to remove corruption from the face of the game. The laws to prevent corruption in the game are popularly known as the Pele’s Law. A movie was made to acknowledge his contributions to the game and was widely accepted. He has various football titles and records under his name and he proudly holds all of them. Pele is and will surely be the evolver of football and the preacher of altruism in the game. He has worked hard to make football the dream game of one and all. Following his dream game was no easy task for this legend. With all the mocking the Brazilians received from the Western world, things were never too direct. They were always done with a chunk of self-dignity at stake. Brazil’s poverty always worked as a setback  but Pele worked everything to his advantage and made a name for him and the game.

With the movie on the couch, Pele: the birth of a legend, already released in various countries; offers us a best chance to experience the hardships faced by the King himself to reach the level of his operation. Surely this rags to riches story motivates the world with the Pearl at its Epicenter!

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