Overcoming Obstacles In Pele's Life

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Pele was born on October 23, 1940, Três Corações, Minas Gerais, Brazil. His father João Ramos, better known as "Dondinho," struggled to earn a living as a soccer player, and Pele grew up in poverty. Pele took up various odd jobs as a child to earn extra money. Pele joined a youth squad coached by Waldemar de Brito, a former member of the Brazilian national soccer team. De Brito eventually convinced Pele 's family to let Pele leave home and try out for the Santos professional soccer club when he was 15. Pele was homeless and had many struggles, but eventually overcame his obstacles and went on being one of the best soccer players of all time. Pele had many obstacles in his life. He was very poor growing up but still, he developed a rudimentary …show more content…

Poverty is fear.”(Buckley Jr. ,pg 10), He says. Also during his soccer career he was called many racist names, but he stilled played through all of it. Soccer helped Pele face his obstacles and overcome them. It helped him be happy and to have fun even when he is living in poverty and in danger. Soccer also inspired him and many other kids that live in poverty try to be successful. His parents were very supportive and helped Pele through every obstacle he had. They let him leave his tow to try out for a soccer team when he was 15 years old. Even though they barely had enough money to keep the family together they still supported pele on everything he did. Soccer and family were a very significant part in Pele’s life. Pele has so many amazing achievements in his life. Pele played professionally in Brazil for two decades, winning three World Cups. He was named FIFA co-Player of the Century in 1999, he is a global ambassador for soccer and other humanitarian causes. He was also named the athlete of the century. Pele won the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year Award, Laureus World Sports Award for Lifetime Achievement Award and the South American Footballer of the Year Award. He was also able to do the bicycle kick which he made world famous. Pele has inspired many kids that are from poor villages to always chase their dreams, even if they seem impossible to

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