Brazilian football legend Pelé was honoured with two GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS certificates during a surprise presentation at the annual HMV Football Extravaganza (FE) event in London last night.
Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday was on hand to present the 73- year-old with certificates for Most Career Goals and Most World Cup Winners’ Medals.
Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento, during a playing career which stretched from 7 Sep 1956 to 1 Oct 1977, Pelé scored 1,283 goals.
He also has the distinction of being the only player in the history of the game to win three World Cup winners medals.
Speaking after the presentation, Craig said: “In 1970 Pelé made his first appearance in the Guinness World Records book, and has been a fixture in every book since, including the latest 2014 edition of the book.”
“He is a figure who transcends both football and sport, and is a wonderful ambassador for the charities he represents”
Pele is congratulated by current England manager Roy Hodgson
“We’d like to congratulate him on his incredible career and for being officially amazing.”
The HMV Football Extravaganza, which helps raise money for UK music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins, took place at the Grovesnor Hotel in Park Lane.
As well as receiving his official Guinness World Records certificates, Pelé was also honoured with FE’s Legend of Football award which recognises outstanding achievement and contribution to the beautiful game.
Past recipients have included Sir Bobby Robson (2001), Sir Alex Ferguson (2005), Eric Cantona (2010) and Jose Mourinho (2011).
Brian McLaughlin, chairman of the Football Extravaganza event, said: "We are honoured to be presenting Pelé with the Legend of Football Award"
"He is without doubt the greatest footballer of all time and a man who remains at the centre of the beautiful game, where he is universally recognised, respected and revered in every corner of the globe."