Pele was born on the 21st of October 1940 in Tres Coracoes, Brazil. He is a global football icon, and is considered by many to be the greatest footballer of all time. He was voted the World Player of the Century in 1999 and was named one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century by Time. He has the world record for league goals scored with 541. He won three World Cups on the Brazilian national team, scoring 77 career goals in his international career. In Brazil he is a hero for both his football career and his attempts to improve social conditions for the poor.