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He earned extra money by working in tea shops as a servant.Taught to play by his father, he could not afford a proper football and usually played with either a sock stuffed with newspaper and tied with a string or a grapefruit.In 1999, he was voted World Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS).That same year, Pelé was elected Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee.He was part of the first Futebol de Salão (indoor football) competition in the region.
Early in his career, he played in a variety of attacking formations and would use his dribbling skills to go past opponents.
In his mid-teens, he played for an indoor football team called Radium.
Indoor football had just become popular in Bauru when Pelé began playing it.
Throughout his career and in his retirement, Pelé received several individual and team awards for his performance in the field, his record-breaking achievements, and legacy in the sport.
Pelé was born on 23 October 1940, in Três Corações, Minas Gerais, Brazil, the son of Fluminense footballer Dondinho (born João Ramos do Nascimento) and Celeste Arantes. He received the nickname "Pelé" during his school days, when it is claimed he was given it because of his pronunciation of the name of his favorite player, local Vasco da Gama goalkeeper Bilé, which he misspoke but the more he complained the more it stuck.