Brazilian soccer hero Pele has given his approval to a television documentary that will offer an unprecedented look at his career.
Pele’s story has been recounted in written biographies, but the producers said this marks the first time he has granted anyone “such unparalleled access” to produce a TV documentary. The documentary will focus on a specific time in Pele’s soccer career.
Pele, born Edison Arantes do Nascimento, began playing for Santos Futebol Clube when he was 15, joined the Brazilian national team at 16 and led Brazil to the first of three World Cup championships at 17. In 1967, his popularity influenced the two factions involved in the Nigerian Civil War to agree to a 48-hour cease-fire so they could watch Pele play an exhibition game.