In addition, indoor football allowed him to play with adults when he was about 14 years old.
In one of the tournaments he participated, he was initially considered too young to play, but eventually went on to end up top scorer with fourteen or fifteen goals.
Pelé's "electrifying play and penchant for spectacular goals" made him a star around the world, and his teams toured internationally in order to take full advantage of his popularity.
Since retiring in 1977, Pelé has been a worldwide ambassador for football and has made many acting and commercial ventures.
In 1999, he was voted World Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS).
That same year, Pelé was elected Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee.
He earned extra money by working in tea shops as a servant.