Dating a professional soccer player
Ten months after signing professionally, the teenager was called up to the Brazil national team.
After the 1962 World Cup, wealthy European clubs such as Real Madrid, Juventus and Manchester United tried to sign him, but the government of Brazil under President Jânio Quadros had declared Pelé an "official national treasure" the year before to prevent him from being transferred out of the country.
In 2010, he was named the Honorary President of the New York Cosmos.
Pelé has also been known for connecting the phrase "The Beautiful Game" with football.
He was part of the first Futebol de Salão (indoor football) competition in the region.
Pelé and his team won the first championship and several others.
In his mid-teens, he played for an indoor football team called Radium.
In 1956, de Brito took Pelé to Santos, an industrial and port city located near São Paulo, to try out for professional club Santos FC, telling the directors at Santos that the 15-year-old would be "the greatest football player in the world." Pelé was highly promoted in the local media as a future superstar.However, Santos was unable to retain the Paulista title.In 1960, Pelé scored 33 goals to help his team regain the Campeonato Paulista trophy but lost out on the Rio-São Paulo tournament after finishing in 8th place.He made his senior team debut on 7 September 1956 at the age of 15 against Corinthians Santo Andre and had an impressive performance in a 7–1 victory, scoring the first goal in his prolific career during the match.When the 1957 season started, Pelé was given a starting place in the first team and, at the age of 16, became the top scorer in the league.