A name known around the world, a sports legend who changed soccer forever, and a national hero who carried the hopes and dreams of a country on his back. Its a word used to describe someone who can go with the flow and have the street smarts. Charting his meteoric rise — from scrubbing floors to support his family to honing his electrifying playing style on the streets to leading Brazil's national team to its first World Cup victory at the age of 17 — Pelé vividly brings to life the greatest sports story of the 20th century. ‘Pelé looked natty and sharp in the 50s, had Steve McQueen-realness in the turtleneck-loving 60s and served up wide-lapelled swagger in the 70s’: Pelé, after Brazil won the World Cup in 1970. Shot entirely in Pele's homeland, the movie is an American-produced biopic that explains how he brought his country's unique playing style to the world stage. Till date, he is widely regarded by football fans, critics, experts and players (current and retired) as the best player of all time. Brazil has a problem keeping the good players in the country. Pele is a legendary sporting figure and an iconic soccer player who during his active years ruled the game to the point of being called the ‘King of Football’. Pelé was born Edson Arantes do Nascimento on October 23, 1940 in Três Corações, Brazil, the first child of João Ramos and Dona Celeste. Pele, Brazilian football (soccer) player, in his time probably the most famous and possibly the best-paid athlete in the world. The style of football—all over the world, not just Brazil, also Europe—has changed, has become more similar. He epitomised the flair, joy and passion the Brazilians bought to the game. From the title shots to the end credits, Pelé: Birth of a Legend will make you smile. Childhood. Pele is the most iconic footballer of the Twentieth Century. It's a rags-to-riches story with lots of on-the-field action that will be fun for tween soccer fans and up (even if the story isn't that surprising). Learn more about Pele’s life and career. But before he was an icon, he was a kid from the slums of São Paulo, Brazil, so poor that he couldn't afford a real soccer ball. He was part of the Brazilian national teams that won three World Cup championships (1958, 1962, and 1970). Ginga is a word that came from capoeira the Brazilian fighting-dance. “I was born for soccer, just as Beethoven was born for music.” – Pele Early life Pele was born Edson Arantes do Nascimento on … Pelé.