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Football: Pele opens museum highlighting career

Published on Jun 16, 2014 6:30 AM
Brazilian football legend Edson Arantes do Nascimento (second from left), known as Pele, poses with young players during the inauguration of the Pele Museum, in Santos, some 70 km from Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 15, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

SANTOS, Brazil (AFP) - Brazilian football legend Pele on Sunday opened a museum housing items from his stellar career in the port city of Santos where he made his name.

“I thank God he granted me health to be able to receive this honour today,” said the 73-year-old, christened Edson Arantes do Nascimento.

He arrived in Santos aged 15 to play for the local team and became a sporting legend, winning his first World Cup at just 17.
“I don’t want to talk much or I shall start crying,” said three-time world champion Pele as he opened the museum.

Several government ministers were on hand for the ceremony while President Dilma Rousseff, who had initially hoped to attend, sent a video address.

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