With the World Cup in Brazil this year, Pele is in the news again. Arguably the best footballer in the history of the sport, Pele’s career is legendary. Take a nostalgic walk through the story of his career told by historic images of the soccer superstar.
Pele's iconic overhead kick against Belgium, 1965. (Alberto Ferreira) South African President Nelson Mandela (L) and Brazilian Sport Minister and former soccer player Pele smile for photographers at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, in this file picture taken March 24, 1995. Mandela has passed away on December 5, 2013 at the age of 95. REUTERS/ Juda Ngwenya/Files (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: POLITICS OBITUARY SPORT SOCCER) Pele is photographed in 1981 with his girlfriend at the time in New York. (Photo By: /NY Daily News via Getty Images) Rose do Nascimento, wife of Brazilian footballer Edson Arantes do Nascimento (better known as Pele), with their daughter Kelly Cristina at home in Sao Paulo, 5th January 1969. (Photo by Keystone Features/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Pele leaves the field following his final game. Pele played for his two club teams, New York Cosmos in the first half and Santos FC in the second half during the game played on October 1, 1977 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Robert Riger/Getty Images) FILE - In this May 2, 1976, file photo, New York Cosmos' star Pele, right, and Italian soccer star Giorgio Chinaglia get together in the Cosmos' locker room in New York. Former Italy and Cosmos star Chinaglia died in his home in Florida, Sunday, April 1, 2012, his son Anthony Chinaglia said. (AP Photo/File) Brazilian footballer Pele in training for Brazil's match against England. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images) FILE - In this May 15 1977, file photo, New York Cosmos' Pele (10) dribbles the ball between Fort Lauderdale Strikers' Bobby Bell, right, and Ray Lugg during NASL soccer game at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Pele will watching, not playing, when two franchises that helped get soccer rolling in this country renew acquaintances. The Brazilian great's former team, the Cosmos, visit the Strikers on Saturday, rekindling memories of how more than 70,000 fans used to see them play. (AP Photo/File) Tony Field #7, Giorgio Chinaglia #9 and Pele #10 of New York Cosmos look on before a game at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, circa 1975-77. Brazilian footballer Pele in training for Brazil's match against England in 1963. FILE - In this April 27, 1963 file photo, Brazilian footballer Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pele, left, enjoys a chat with Eusebio da Silva Ferreira in Lisbon, Portugal. Eusebio, the Portuguese football star who was born into poverty in Africa but became an international sporting icon and was voted one of the 10 best players of all time, has died of heart failure aged 71, Sunday, Jan. 5 2014. (AP Photo, File) FILE - In this March 13, 2001 file photo, Brazil's former soccer player Pele , center, joins hands with former FIFA President Joao Havelange, left, and Ricardo Teixeira, president of the Brazilian Soccer Confederation, during a meeting to clean up Brazilian soccer, in Brasilia, Brazil. FIFA has published court documents that name Havelange and Teixeira as receiving millions of dollars from 1992-97, in a World Cup kickbacks scandal. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File) HEMPSTEAD, NY - APRIL 13: A Madame Tussauds New York wax figure of soccer legend Pele on display at the New York Cosmo's Home Opener at James M. Shuart Stadium on April 13, 2014 in Hempstead, New York. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Madame Tussauds New York) Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps and Pele (R) attend a Subway press conference to promote healthy living and lifestyle among children on December 04, 2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Rafael Neddermeyer/Getty Images) Pele holds up his FIFA honorary award beside FIFA President Sepp Blatter during the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2013 soccer awards ceremony in Zurich January 13, 2014. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann (SWITZERLAND - Tags: SPORT SOCCER) Curator Franklin Sirmans stands next to "Pele" by Andy Warhol during construction of the exhibition, "Futbol: The Beautiful Game", at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in Los Angeles, California, January 27, 2014. The exhibition reflects the global nature of the game, from paintings by an artist obsessed by English club Manchester United to a Colombian artist who shoots a video of a pick-up game in a small courtyard to a photograph of North African slippers bearing a Nike-like swoosh. "Futbol: The Beautiful Game" opens February 2 and ends July 20, one week after the world crowns its new champion in the Maracana. Picture taken January 27, 2014. To match Feature SOCCER-WORLDCUP/ART REUTERS/David McNew (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP) Brazilian soccer legend Pele reacts as he poses after a news conference to present the FIFA World Cup global "Trophy Tour" in Paris March 10, 2014. The 2014 World Cup will be held in Brazil from June 12 through July 13. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes (FRANCE - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP) Soccer legend Pele (R) is greeted by Santos' player Neymar (L) as Santos FC President Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro looks on during a ceremony to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Brazilian soccer club Santos, in Santos near Sao Paulo April 14, 2012. REUTERS/Ale Vianna/Brazil Photo Press/Ag O Globo Brazilian soccer star Pele, poses for a photo with fans, from left, Lucas LaFleur, Ethan Kaplowitzs and Lorenzo Gutierrez Baker, during an appearance at Barnes & Noble to signs copies of his book "Why Soccer Matters" on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Luiz Ribeiro/Invision/AP) (FILE) Brazilian football legend Pele kisses a ball during a presentation in Leipzig on the eve of the final draw of the Fifa football World Cup 2006, on December 8, 2005. Football legend Pele is hospitalized in Sao Paulo, Brazil, a spokesperson of the Albert Einstein Hospital confirmed on November 13, 2012. According to Sao Paulo's Folha newspaper, Pele underwent a hip surgery to correct a problem on his thighbone. AFP PHOTO/FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images (FILE) Brazilian football legend Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as 'Pele', poses with his six Brazil's champion medals on December 22, 2010 during a ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Football legend Pele is hospitalized in Sao Paulo, Brazil, a spokesperson of the Albert Einstein Hospital confirmed on November 13, 2012. According to Sao Paulo's Folha newspaper, Pele underwent a hip surgery to correct a problem on his thighbone. AFP PHOTO/CAIO LEALCAIO LEAL/AFP/Getty Images