Santos Futebol Clube is based in São Paulo and has become a symbol of 'Joga Bonito' - The Beautiful Game - in Brazilian football culture. It is also notable for having featured Pelé as its main player between 1956 and 1974.
Edson Arantes do Nascimento was discovered at the age of 11 by one of the country's premier players, Waldemar de Brito. When Brito brought Pelé to Sao Paulo he declared to the disbelieving directors of Santos, "This boy will be the greatest soccer player in the world."
An average-sized man, he was blessed with speed, great balance, tremendous vision, superb ball control and the ability to shoot powerfully and accurately with either foot and with his head.
Pelé's statistics are staggering and at club level he shattered records. In his career he played in 1,363 matches and scored 1,282 goals. His best season was 1958, when he scored 139 times.