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Soccer: The Best Players Ever

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Jacob Keck

on 27 April 2010

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Soccer Stars- the best of all time Pele Born Edson Arantes de Nascimento on October 23, 1940, in Tres Coracoes, Brazil. Although he was poor, Pelé grew up to be an international sports superstar. Throughout his childhood, he played soccer whenever and wherever he could, sometimes using a stuffed sock for a ball. He joined his first soccer team at the age of 12.
Pelé started playing professional soccer while in his teens. In 1958, he helped Brazil win its first World Cup victory. His performance in the finals, including scoring two goals, made him an international sensation. He also played for the professional Brazilian team Santos from 1956 to 1974 and scored more than 1,000 goals during his time with the club. He retired from Santos in 1974, but was lured back to the game with an offer from a team in the United States the next year. He joined the New York Cosmos, a part of the North American Soccer League. As a member of the Cosmos, Pelé became a household name in the United States and fans flocked to see him play.
Retiring for the second time after the 1977 season, Pelé has pursued his own business opportunities, such as a coffee company and a sports and marketing firm. Along with his ventures, he has served as a spokesman for numerous international companies. Pelé does a lot of charity work, especially for children's organizations.
In 2007, Pelé shared his experiences with fans in My Life and the Beautiful Game: The Autobiography of Soccer's Greatest Star. He continues to speak out about the game so close to his heart. In 2009, Pelé recommended that salary caps be instituted for soccer teams worldwide. He is also a delegate for his native country's bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

http://www.biography.com/articles/Pele-9436416
Maradona His complete name is Diego Armando Maradona. He was born 30 October 1960 in Lanús, Buenos Aires. Maradona is an ex- Argentine soccer player, and now manager for team of Argentine national. He is regarded as a lot of people as the greatest football player of all time. His nickname is The King Pibe de Oro Golden Boy. He was chosen the greatest FIFA soccer player of the 20th century (an honor he shares with Pelé.

He quickly raised to prominence in the Argentinian soccer leagues, and became a foremost star. Diego Maradona is an icon in Argentina, much like Evita Peron. As a football player, he took his team to new heights and became a hero to sports fans- a lot of who referred to him as "San Diego."

In club level, Maradona joined with Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Newell's Old Boys and Napoli, setting world-record contract fees. While in his international level, participating for Argentina, he made 91 caps and scored 34 goals. Maradona played in four FIFA World Cup tournaments, including the 1986 World Cup where he became a captain for Argentina and caused them to their triumph over West Germany in the final. He won the Golden Ball award as the tournament's best player.
Maradona is a very great master of the ball who makes use of his aptitude and flair at unbelievable speed. He could surpass defenders, score, and give out the ball. His multitalented skills make him unpredictable and very hazardous. Hardly any defenders can stop Diego in his heyday with no committing fouls, a fact which has caused him greatly over the years. His famous skills are in Dribbling, flair, creativity.

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