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Pelé: The Autobiography

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Even people who don't know football know Pele. The best of a generation of Brazilian players universally acknowledged as the most accomplished and attractive group of footballers ever to play the game, he won the World Cup three times and is Brazil's all-time record goalscorer.

But how did this man -- a sportsman, a mere footballer, like many others -- become a global icon

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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published May 15th 2006 by Simon & Schuster Ltd (first published January 1st 1977)
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Isfand
Jan 15, 2011 Isfand rated it really liked it
This is the autobiography of Pelé, the life of a myth narrated by the myth himslef. A book full of epic achievements, which pulses of passion for football and in which the fans will find soccer in its most noble, exemplary, perfect form.

His name is the synonymous of football. I think whoever loves football will love his story.
The greatest player of all time, the athlete of the century, the greatest scorer (1380 goals) of all time, the three times World Cup champion was born in a hut. He learned
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Pete daPixie
Aug 23, 2012 Pete daPixie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Football fans the world over & Mahlon
Shelves: footie, autobiogs
All of the footie books I've read feature English players. I barely know anything of the Brazilian game, except of course every four years at the World Cup tournaments. But...the world knows the name Pele, and this autobiography tells his life story from shanty shack all the way to 2006, when this book was published, in his sixty sixth year.
I mainly enjoyed this book for it's coverage of the legendary Brazilian World Cup exploits of 1958, '62, '66, and '70, when Pele and Brazil won the Jules Rim
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Adrian Rocha
Sep 07, 2013 Adrian Rocha rated it it was amazing
This is the best soccer book ever.He was the best soccer player in the world when he played.He was always the top scorer.He played with the best soccer teams there was.Hes on of my soccer idols I learned to do a lot of soccer tricks from watching him.
Pedr0br2012
Nov 20, 2008 Pedr0br2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All my FREINDS
Recommended to Pedr0br2012 by: My Mom
Pele by, Simon & Schuster Ltd

The best, the greatest and the unbelievable footballer player of all time, named Pele. The autobiography of Pele is an awesome book, I couldn’t stop reading for days, I like this book for a lot of reasons, and one of them is really important to me.

The first reason I like it, is because he was the first “Negro” from Brazil to visit the white house in Washington DC. At that time it was really hard to someone from American to visit the white house and especially fro
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Leo Eguia
Dec 07, 2014 Leo Eguia rated it it was amazing
In 2006, the greatest footballer in history wrote his autobiography. His name is Edison Arantes de Nascimento, or Pelé. He was born on 23 October 1940 in a small, poor town called Três Corações, which is near Rio de Janeiro. When he was growing up, he always wanted to be as good as a footballer as his father, who is called Dondinho. He goes through a lot as a child and by God he is kept alive and became who he is today. He gives thanks and prayers to God during this book. When Pelé was young, hi ...more
Billy Beamer
Jul 21, 2014 Billy Beamer rated it it was amazing
1: Who is my favorite character and why?

*My favorite character is this autobiography was Pele. This might have been obvious since we learn out about him and the adventures he and his non wealthy family go through. He shows courage in many of his tasks and shows grace in victory and defeat against opposing players and teams. He also is a really big family man, during the novel he speaks a lot about his wife and family which shows that he had respect towards them and was always positive.

4: What w
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04TannerH Hart
May 18, 2014 04TannerH Hart rated it it was amazing
Pele: The Autobiography. By Pele. 368 pages

The book tells about Pele's life as a child, his life as the best player to ever play the game, and his life off of the field.

The time and place of this book could not be changed. If they were to be changed it would mess up the whole story because the story is a true story.

Pele is the true main character in the book. There are many others who he interacts with but the book is mainly just based on him.

Even for those people who are not really into soccer,
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Uwe
Mar 11, 2014 Uwe rated it it was amazing
Pele



How does a boy become a legend? The book ,Pele, will tell you exactly how this can happen. The author's Orlando Duarte and Alex Bellos did a great job talking about Pele's life. The book talks about how he was born in Brazil .The book also talks about how he played soccer as a boy. He was poor so he started his own team with his friends and they also played many teams. It also talks abut how thy made balls because they could not afford any. All his coaches taught him important moves. This al
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Cathy
Sep 15, 2014 Cathy rated it really liked it
Personally I have always loved Pele and regard him as an icon of the game I love. His autobiography did not disappoint covering his early life, football career, family life and life after football. Pele has a reputation as a not only a fantastic player but a thoroughly good man, this book reflects his modesty and openess, gives credit to those who have helped him but also deals with his mistakes. I admire his continued dedication to the game of football which really comes through in this book an ...more
Big Tommy
Feb 29, 2008 Big Tommy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic, a very human story from the possibly world's most popular man.
Inry
May 23, 2008 Inry rated it really liked it



I recently read the autobiography of Pele, the best soccer player of all time. This book was inspiring to me, since the beginning of the book to end page by page that I read I would get motivated and wanted to play and practice soccer and motivate myself to be a better player. This book is sad and at the same time motivating, a really good book even if you are not soccer fan.
Pele talks about his life and harsh times, how he came from nothing to becoming the best soccer player of all times. The
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Hortencia Ortiz
Oct 11, 2013 Hortencia Ortiz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read My Life and the Beautiful Game by Pele. The main purpose of the author was to write about his life and his soccer career. This book is an autobiography of Pele. He talks about every single one of his struggles as a person. Pele mentions that he was a poor kid from Brazil and that he worked hard to become a famouse soccer player. I loved this book mainly because it talks a lot about soccer (of course) and Pele is my ultimate favorite soccer player. In at least every single page, Pele ...more
Hector A
Jan 23, 2013 Hector A marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Rachael-t
Sep 23, 2013 Rachael-t rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“My Life and the Beautiful Game” is an autobiography written by the world famous football player Pele along with Robert L. Fish. It shows you the world of football life threw the eyes of the world famous player, and teaches you that it not always easy. It is a thrilling story that puts you in the shoes of a young boy named Pele who plaid football on the streets of Brazil with only dreams of being at the top. From living in poverty to being rich people didn't always respect him due to his race a ...more
Mika Auramo
Aug 17, 2013 Mika Auramo rated it liked it
Peléhän on kiistatta yksi jalkapallomaailman legendaarisimmista pelaajista, kirja valottaakin hyvin hänen uraansa, perhe-elämää ja peliuran jälkeistä aikaa. Mukana on totta kai nostalgisia pelitunnelmia, mutta toisaalta murheita niin rakkaus- kuin raha-asioissakin.

Pelén isä "Dondinho" oli paikallinen kuuluisuus ja jalkapalloilija, mutta puoliammattilainen ei kyennyt elättämään pelillään perheettään, ja tulot olivat niukkoja. Baurussa asuessa rahasta oli puutetta, mutta pojan ja kavereiden palava
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Tara
May 29, 2015 Tara rated it really liked it
This book I read with my football mad sons. Being that this isn't a book I would read for myself, I found Pele quite endearing. We all enjoyed the early years probably the best.

Pele is a very trusting person, and this may be a good quality, but unfortunately in the business world this was not a good quality unless some discernment is added to the mix.

Pele was a very talented and passionate footballer, unfortunately off the pitch life was not so easy, but his optimism runs throughout everything
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Dennis Benthin
Oct 22, 2015 Dennis Benthin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you love soccer then you have to read the autobiography of the greatest player of all time. This was written before his career was over but it gives a great look into his life and how he thought about soccer. Absolutely loved his book. Great player and an even better person, to this day.
Marvin
Jan 26, 2016 Marvin rated it it was amazing
I like this book because it's about Pele as a soccer player. Pele's soccer team is called basil. Pele has a best team he has because long time ago he won the World Cup.
Joel Larmour
Aug 29, 2014 Joel Larmour rated it liked it
Interesting in parts but not as gripping as I expected about the life of (probably) the best footballer ever. Curiously, he doesn't even mention George Best when listing various footballers whose skills he admired.
Aidan Gamble
Sep 10, 2012 Aidan Gamble rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. The Story is about Pele's life and his road to glory. It tells you mostly about football but it also tell you about his personal life. It is mostly in chronological order but sometimes skips forward to some things they go back to them again. The style of this book is quite relaxed and he sometimes jokes around in the books. I this book is aimed towards all ages because the vocabulary and style of the writing is intermediate but I think it would be hard for you ...more
Leo Oudomphong
Sep 18, 2015 Leo Oudomphong rated it it was amazing
It was a great book. Learn the history of Pele and Brazil is amazing to learn about.
Benjamin Kim
Feb 24, 2014 Benjamin Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a honest autobiography because he tells his soccer and social, personal life.
Marlon da Silva
Dec 29, 2015 Marlon da Silva rated it it was ok
Well you know...biography...it usually socks :-)
Nithin
Jan 19, 2015 Nithin rated it it was amazing
its supbbbbbbbbbbb
Mayank Saboo
Sep 20, 2014 Mayank Saboo rated it it was ok
Starts out as a regular auto-biography but slowly descends into a boring award-acceptance speech.
Tommy
Sep 29, 2015 Tommy added it
Shelves: biography-3
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Walter Chan
Feb 03, 2015 Walter Chan rated it really liked it
Inspirational book
Prathamesh Deshpande
Jul 13, 2014 Prathamesh Deshpande rated it really liked it
Beautifully written... A simple story of an extraordinary man.. Reading through it reminds you that he knew he was special and acknowledged it but that did not ever let him get too ahead of himself... Great man Great life..!!
Elijah
Jun 10, 2013 Elijah rated it it was amazing
This book was great and i really liked it. Pele was a brilliant futbol player with a lot of talent. He had incredible skills and did a lot for his teams. He went through a lot as a futbol player and was known as one of the best players in history. He is still a idol to most players today because of his amazing talent on the pitch. he always put 100% effot in his games and this book shows all the things he did on the field that contributed to his national team wining the world cup.
Pat
May 05, 2013 Pat rated it really liked it
The greatest? Possibly. His story is modestly told, with a realisation of his importance in history. No player will achieve what he did in the World Game. His achievments can't be argued with because he did it against all that was put in front of him. He could easily have thrived in the modern game where tackling is non existent, but how many would survive the brutality of the defending from his era? Great story from a true sporting legend.
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Edison Arantes do Nascimento, KBE, best known by his nickname Pelé, is a Brazilian football player. He was given the title of Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee. Time magazine listed Pelé as one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century. While his birth certificate shows his first name as Edison (after Thomas Edison), he prefers to call himself Edson, but it i ...more
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