Why Soccer Matters

Why Soccer Matters

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Soccer. Football. The beautiful game. The worlda€™s most popular sport goes by many names, but for decades, fans have agreed on one thing: the greatest player of all time was PelAc. Now the legendary star, ambassador, and humanitarian shares a global vision for what soccer can accomplish. Now he shares his story, his experience, and his insights on the game for the very first time. Before Messi, before Ronaldo, before Beckham, there was Edson Arantes do Nascimentoa€”known simply as PelAc. A national treasure, he created pure magic with his accomplishments on the field: an unprecedented three World Cup championships and the all-time scoring record, with 1, 283 goals in his twenty year career. Now, with the World Cup returning after more than sixty years to Brazila€”the country often credited with perfecting the sporta€”soccer has a unique opportunity to encourage change on a global level. And as the tournamenta€™s official ambassador, PelAc is ready to be the face of progress. For the first time ever PelAc explores the recent history of the game and provides new insights into soccera€™s role connecting and galvanizing players around the world. He has traveled the world as the global ambassador for soccer and in support of charitable organizations such as Unicef, promoting the positive influences soccer can have to transform young men and women, struggling communities, even entire nations. In groundbreaking detail and with unparalleled openness, he shares his most inspiring experiences, heartwarming stories and hard-won wisdom, and he puts the game in perspective. This is PelAca€™s legacy, his way of passing on everything hea€™s learned and inspiring a new generation. In Why Soccer Matters, PelAc details his ambitious goals for the future of the sport and, by extension, the world. Commemorative poster inside the jacketNo matter how many times I politely told him no, or how clearly I said I would never ever ever leave Brazil, he would always ... I owed millions, I was determined to pay the debt, and I knew that playing soccer was by far the best way for me to do so. ... a€œPlay for Real Madrid and you might win a championship, a€ he would say.

Title:Why Soccer Matters
Author:Pelé, Brian Winter
Publisher:Penguin - 2014-04-01


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