Football legend, Pele turns 80

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Brazilian football Legend,
Edson Arantes do Nascimento known as Pele has turned 80.
Regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time,the octogenarian is grateful to God for attaining the milestone age.

Born 23 October 1940, the Brazilian retired professional footballer played as a forward. Widely regarded as the greatest player of all time. He was among the most successful and popular sports figures of the 20th century.
In 1999, Pelé was voted World Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS), and was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the Century award. That same year, Pelé was elected Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee and was included in the Time list of the 100 most important people of the 20th century. According to the IFFHS, Pelé is the most successful top division scorer of all times with 541 goals in 560 appearances.His total of 1279 goals in 1363 games, which included friendlies, is a Guinness World Record.
Expectedly,Football heavyweights including Didier Drogba among others have sent congratulatory messages to Pele on this happy day.

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