Edson Arantes do Nascimento, more widely admired by the world as "PelÃÂ©ÃÂ©", was born on October 23, 1940, in a small village in Brasil called TrÃÂªÃÂªs CoraÃÂ§ÃÂ§ÃÂµÃÂµes in the Brasilian state of Minas Gerais. He was baptized in the municipal church called Igreja da Sagrada FamÃÂÃÂlia de Jesus, Maria e JosÃÂ©ÃÂ©. His father, JoÃÂ£ÃÂ£o Ramos do Nascimento, or Dondinho, as he was known in the soccer world, was also a professional player. He was well-known as one of the best-heading players in his time. He was a center forward for Fluminense until an injury kept him from playing professional division one soccer. His mother Celeste gave PelÃÂ©ÃÂ© and the rest of his family attention to their needs and a lot of love. When he was a child, PelÃÂ©ÃÂ© and his family moved to BaurÃÂºÃÂº, in the interior of the Brasilian state of SÃÂ£ÃÂ£o Paulo, where he learned to master the art of futebol.
One day he himself confessed that he "tinha trÃÂªÃÂªs coraÃÂ§ÃÂ§ÃÂµÃÂµes [had three hearts]", referring to the city where he was born, TrÃÂªÃÂªs CoraÃÂ§ÃÂ§ÃÂµÃÂµes, and to BaurÃÂºÃÂº and Santos.
PelÃÂ©ÃÂ©'s first job was shining shoes. But he had always dreamed of playing soccer.
PelÃÂ©ÃÂ©'s soccer career started early. After playing in a few amateur teams like Baquinho and Sete Setembro, at the age of 11, while playing for an uncoached team called Ameriquinha, he was discovered by a former Brasilian World Cup player named Waldemar de Brito. De Brito recognized PelÃÂ©ÃÂ©'s skills and invited him to join the team he was organizing (Clube AtlÃÂ©ÃÂ©tico BaurÃÂºÃÂº?). When PelÃÂ©ÃÂ© was fifteen, in 1956, de Brito took him to the city of SÃÂ£ÃÂ£o Paulo to try out for the professional club called Santos Futebol Clube (SFC). That day, de Brito told the team directors that "This boy will be...