Time magazine of London stated early in his career, “How do you spell Pelé? G-O-D” (3). The greatest soccer player in the history of the sport is unquestionably Pelé. His statistic résumé is unmatched by anyone who has ever played this great sport. He began his career on a high note, and never let off until his retirement. Even after his career ended he helped to work for a world for children. Pele’s life did not begin idealistically, only by chance was he discovered, but he grew to be the greatest soccer player ever and he used that fame and fortune to do even greater deeds for the less fortunate.
No other country can compare to the great nation of Brazil when it comes to the beautiful game of soccer. Since their entrance as full member of FIFA, or Fédération Internationale de Football Association, in 1923, the country of Brazil has accounted for numerous trophies as well as individual awards for its players (“Brazil”). Brazilian futebol, or soccer, has reached international stardom because of its history consisting of ground breaking teams, revolutionary players, and winning performances in competitive tournaments.
Although Pele is still living, he still helps people. When Pele was playing soccer he had to go to the Nigerian civil war. Which helped his family and friends. This is, one of Pele’s quotes that helped people, especially this one, “Success is no accident, It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” That, quote helped people believe in themselves. England World Cup-winning captain Bobby Moore impute on Pele: “The complete player I've ever seen.” Also, Bobby Moore helped inspire Pele to help people.
Soccer was first brought to Brazil by the English, and at first was passed on to the Brazilian elites. As time went on every class began to play this new sport. Soccer became immensely popular and widely played. Many blacks (lower/working-class) found soccer as a way to improve their oppressed lives. On the other hand the whites (upper-class) found it as a way control the threatening lower-class energy. This view of the upper-class led them to create a commercialized soccer, in order to get the masses to play, in a way that ensured social tranquility. (This was both Liberating and Restricting.) Soccer seemed to serve the interests of every type of person. soccer clubs were eventually formed to represent the “barrio” or district that people came from. These established teams played with a rubber ball, and made there own uniforms. For the poor these soccer clubs became a way of life, people made close friends during work and made the friendship stronger on the soccer field. The game of soccer to these people represented their lives and the hardships that they faced. This is exemplified in the idea of a “Picardia” or person who is quick witted and doesn’t get kicked or hit. It showed that a lower-class person opposed to power had to weaken it or wear it out. There was a huge progression in the sport of soccer; in the beginning it represented “a material sacrifice, not a material reward.” Poor players could feel things that they had never experienced before. They were still poor, but soccer made them feel valuable, like Gods. The crowd loved the players and cheered for them. In the 1920’s more tangible rewards were given to these skilled soccer players. The rich factory owners who watc...
Since football is a form of sport that allows creativity, the use of certain styles like swerving shots and chips separate the champions from the learners. Players like Messi, Neymar, and Christian Ronaldo are some of the most celebrated soccer stars today, thanks to their ability to combine talent and creativity. It is no wonder that they have scooped awards interchangeably, year after year.
David Beckham is the one sports star, who not only is a phenominal player, but is probably the most famous sports icon outside just soccer. It is definetely harder to find someone that has not heard of David Beckham, than someone who has. People occasionaly wonder, however; "Why Beckham? Why is he so famous?" The answer might not be very simple, but maybe it is the combination of a great shot, a fantastic cross, his own Adidas shoe, his changing hair-style, his modeling career, his marriage to the Spice Girl Victoria Beckham (formerly Adams), his big mistake against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup, his England capitancy and him having belonged to the two largest teams in history that make him so popular among the crowd.
Modern soccer was created in 1876 and can be traced back to Ancient China. It has been noted by “ Who Invented Football” that around 476 B.C. Cuju, also know as “ kick the ball with foot”, was played with a leather ball stuffed with feathers. The game got so popular that the military used the sport to keep soldiers physically
Growing up in El Salvador, soccer was a sport that significantly impacted my childhood. My cousins and uncles taught me how to play soccer, as well as various techniques that would later benefit me on the soccer field. At the age of seven I started to play for one of most well-known soccer clubs in El Salvador. Practicing twenty three hours a week was really paying off, as I could see in my medal and trophy gain. Not only did they represent my accomplishments, but they also gave joy to my teammates, community, and family because they were the people who encouraged me to give my best. Playing soccer was also a way to release stress because when my family was going through hardships, it was easier for me to let all of my negative energy on the
Murray, W. J.. The world's game: a history of soccer. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1996. Print.
Previously in his lifetime as a child people thought Messi was not going to become a soccer player or succeed in his dream. The day Lionel Messi became a professional soccer player, was why he became famous. In addition to Messi becoming famous, he brought attention to the people who doubted him and those who supported him. Messi has been playing soccer for almost his entire life, and his dream was to be a professional soccer player. He made that dream come true on May 1, 2005 (Caioli 337).