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Brazilian football legend Pele celebrates his 75th birthday

Brazilian football legend Pele is celebrating his 75th birthday on Friday.

Regarded by many as the greatest footballer ever, he won three World Cups, more than any other player, and was listed in the Guiness World Records for the most career goals.

Pele at the inauguration of a refurbished soccer field at the Mineira slum in Rio de Janeiro in 2014. Credit: Reuters

Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Pele's career lasted from 1956 to 1977, during which time the attacker scored 1,283 goals.

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Pele celebrates with Brazil teammates after being Italy in the 1970 World Cup Final. Credit: PA

At club level he spent his career with Brazilian side Santos, where he made his debut at the age of 15 and inspired them to 25 major titles over 18 years. He later came out of retirement to play for the New York Cosmos.

Pele after his final game for the New York Cosmos in 1977. Credit: PA

His worldwide appeal was perhaps most strikingly demonstrated when, in 1969, a 48-hour ceasefire was called to the Nigerian civil war so combatants could watch him play a friendly in Lagos.

Pele attends a match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield in March 2015. Credit: PA