Pelè with Santos won the Paulista championship ten times, the Rio-San Paolo tournament four times, the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A six times and the Taça Brasil five times, as well as two editions of the Copa Libertadores, as many of the Intercontinental Cup and the first edition of the Intercontinental Champions Super Cup.
Moving to the United States late in his career, he captured an NASL Championship with the New York Cosmos. He is the only footballer in the world to have won three editions of the FIFA World Cup, an event which took place with the Brazilian national team in 1958, 1962 and 1970.
His goal against Sweden in the 1958 final is considered the third greatest goal in history of the FIFA World Cup and first among those achieved in a final of a world championship. FIFA recognizes him as the record for goals scored in his career, 1281 in 1363 games, while in official matches he has scored 757 goals in 816 matches with an average of 0.93 goals per game.
He is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame and was included by the US weekly Time magazine in the TIME 100 Heroes & Icons of the 20th century. He was declared a National Treasure by the President of Brazil Jânio Quadros and, in July 2011, "Historical-Sporting Heritage of Humanity."
Pele's health is causing the world of sport to worry
Great concern about Pele's health conditions.
The 82-year-old Brazilian football legend is said to have been hospitalized in serious condition in Sao Paulo hospital after experiencing generalized swelling all over his body and decompensated heart failure. Pele had recently been operated on for colon cancer.
According to ESPN Brazil, Pelè was hospitalized yesterday due to abnormal swelling throughout her body. Doctors also diagnosed heart failure from decompensation. Not only that, another problem discovered by the doctors is that the chemotherapy carried out in recent months would not have given a positive response.
On social media, daughter Kelly wrote: "My father is in the hospital for a course of treatment. I will not take the first flight to go to him, my brothers are with dad. I will go to him on New Year's Eve."