Guinness World Records is saddened to learn of the passing of Brazilian football legend Pelé.

In 2013, Pelé was presented with his Guinness World Records 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 meeting the legendary player, Guinness World Records' Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday said: “In 1970 Pelé made his first appearance in the Guinness World Records book, and has been a fixture in every book since."

“He is a figure who transcends both football and sport, and is a wonderful ambassador for the charities he represents”

“We’d like to congratulate him on his incredible career and for being Officially Amazing.”

Pelé was actively involved in leprosy elimination campaigns in Brazil and did extensive work for children's causes through UNICEF.

Following his retirement in 1977, Pele became an international ambassador for sport, working to promote peace and understanding through friendly athletic competition.