Edson Arantes Do Nascimento, Pelé


Mr. Edson Arantes Do Nascimento Pelé, UNESCO Champion for Sport

Edson Arantes Do Nascimento, known as Pelé, was appointed UNESCO Champion for Sport in April 1994, in recognition of his outstanding commitment to promote sport and help disadvantaged children.

Pelé is widely regarded as the greatest football player of all time. In 1999, he was elected “Athlete of the Century” by the International Olympic Committee and “World Player of the Century” by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS).

In his capacity as UNESCO Champion for Sport, Pelé visited numerous countries such as Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia and Brazil. Through the common language of football, he participated in the promotion of sport as a tool for peace and integration.

In November 1996, he contributed to the success of the fundraising Children in Need organized by the German television channel RTL. This event was organized in close cooperation with UNESCO for disadvantaged children.

In addition, he participated in the “Match of the Heart 2000” held in Rome in 2000. This football match reunited some Israeli and Palestinian celebrities to send a message of peace and collect funds for disadvantaged children.

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