Pele

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"Why Soccer Matters" author and legendary soccer player Pele reflects on overcoming poverty to win three World Cup titles. (7:12)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, MY GUESTTONIGHT LEGENDARY FOOTBALLER WON

THREE WORLD CUPS DURING HISPROFESSIONAL CAREER IS THE

ALL-TIME LEADING GOAL SCORER INSOCCER HISTORY.

HIS NEW BOOK IS CALLED WHYSOCCER MATTERS.

HERE IS A LITTLE TASTE, JUST ASMALL TASTE, OF WHAT MADE HIM

THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME.

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♪ [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Jon: WOW.

PLEASE WELCOME PELE.

SO GOOD TO SEE YOU.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]IT'S SUCH AN HONOR FOR ME TO

HAVE YOU HERE NOT JUST BECAUSEOF HOW GREAT YOU WERE AS A

PLAYER BUT HOW YOU PLAYED THEGAME WITH SUCH TENACITY, SUCH

SKILL BUT ALWAYS WITH SUCHHEART.

I ADMIRE THAT GREATLY.

>> THANK YOU.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>> YOU KNOW, JON, SOMETIMES IT'S

HARD TO UNDERSTAND WHY BECAUSEJUST GOD KNOW WHY YOU DO SOME

THINGS.

YOU KNOW?

>> Jon: YEAH.

>> MY FATHER WAS A SOCCERPLAYER.

PLAYED PROFESSIONAL.

>> Jon: OH, HE DID PLAYPROFESSIONAL?

>> YEAH, MY FATHER WAS APROFESSIONAL IN STATE OF

MINAS GERAIS WHERE I WAS BORNAND THEN THEY WENT TO STATE

OF SAO PAOLO AND PLAYAT SAO PAOLO.

>> Jon: CROWDED.

>> BAURU IS NOW NEXT TO SAOPAOLO CAPITAL AND THEN THERE I

START. MY FATHER STOP I START.

AND THAT'S I JUST WANT TO BE --I SAY OH, MY GOD ONE DAY I GONNA

BE LIKE MY FATHER.

>> Jon: IT'S BEAUTIFUL.

[ APPLAUSE ]>> Jon: AND WHEN YOU STARTED,

YOU KNOW, I DON'T KNOW THATPEOPLE REALIZE WHAT YOU

OVERCOME TO DO THIS.

YOU GROW UP VERY LITTLE MONEY.

YOU USE FOR A SOCCER BALL, ASOCK STUFFED WITH NEWSPAPER

OR AN OLD FRUIT, SOMETHING.

>> GRAPEFRUIT.

>> Jon: THAT'S HOW THEY PLAYON THE DIRT.

AND YOU -- WERE YOU ALWAYS --DID YOUR SKILLS COME TO YOU JUST

SO NATURALLY?

WERE YOU ALWAYS EVEN AS AYOUNGER PLAYER ABLE TO PLAY WITH

THE BIGGER KIDS?

>> AT THAT TIME WE DIDN'T HAVETHE FACILITY WE HAVE TODAY.

THE NEW TECHNOLOGY WITH BALLS,SHOES, AT THAT TIME --

>> Jon: YEAH.

>> YEAH.

>> Jon: DO YOU KNOW WHY INMANY REASONS WHY SOCCER NOW HAS

ALL OF THIS.

DO YOU KNOW WHY?

>> BECAUSE THE BASE I THINK --

>> Jon: BECAUSE OF YOU.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]SO IN 1950 BRAZIL HOSTS THE

WORLD CUP.

YOU ARE NOT ON THE NATIONALTEAM YET.

HOW OLD ARE YOU IN 1950?

>> FOR THE NEW GENERATION,SOMEONE KNOW ABOUT BUT FOR THE

NEW GENERATION. WEUSED TO LOOK -- MY FATHER

DIDN'T PLAY. BECAUSE THERE WAS AGOOD TEAM IN BAURU.

IN THE WORLD CUP IN 1950 THEYSAID OKAY THE TEAM IS GOING TO

RELAX AND THEN GONNA INVITE MYFRIENDS -- SOME FRIENDS,

SOME PLAYERS TO GO TO MY HOUSE,TO LISTEN.

AT THAT TIME WE DIDN'T HAVE ATV.

YEAH, I WAS EIGHT TO NINE YEARSOLD.

>> Jon: WOW.

>> AND THEN I WAS PLAYING WITHMY FRIENDS THERE, THE SON OF THE

OTHER PLAYERS EXERCISE BECAUSEWORLD CUP IN BRAZIL.

BRAZIL WAS THE BEST TEAM AT THATTIME.

BUT IF YOU STAY FAR AWAY YOUDON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED BECAUSE

YOU DON'T SEE IT ON TV.

THEN I COME I SAW SILENCE.

I CAME INSIDE OF MY HOUSE.

MY FATHER AND THE OTHER PLAYERSWAS SO SAD.

AND MY FATHER WAS CRYING.

BUT FIRST TIME I SAW MY FATHERCRY.

I SAY WHY YOU CRY?

BECAUSE MY FATHER USED TO SAY,MEN DON'T CRY.

YOU REMEMBER THAT.

SUPPOSED TO BE MACHO MAN, MACHOMAN.

I SAID WHY YOU CRY?

HE SAID BRAZIL LOST THE WORLDCUP.

HE WAS SO DEPRESSED I SAID IGONNA WON WORLD CUP FOR YOU, NO

WORRY.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>> Jon: HERE IS MY HOPE.

HERE IS MY HOPE FOR THE WORLDCUP.

YOU KNOW I LOVE THE UNITEDSTATES SOCCER TEAM.

BUT THEY ARE IN THE GROUP OFDEATH.

IF WE GET OUT THE QUARTERS ICAN'T -- WE'RE WITH GHANA,

PORTUGAL, GERMANY.

IT WILL BE NICE.

THEY'LL A GOOD TRIP.

IT WILL BE FINE.

SO HERE IS MY HOPE.

BRAZIL IN THE FINAL AGAINST WHODID THEY LOSE TO IN

1950, URUGUAY? SO THEY GOAGAINST URUGUAY IN THE FINAL,

IT'S REVENGE FOR 1950.

WHO SCORES THE WINNING GOAL?THE HAND OF PELE.

>> YOU CAN SAY THE HAND OF GOD.

>> Jon: YEAH!

>> LISTEN, I GONNA JUST TAKE ONETIME.

>> Jon: SURE, SURE.

>> AS WE TALK ABOUT THE WORLDCUP.

>> Jon: YES, YES.

>> I PLAY FOUR WORLD CUP.

>> Jon: YES.

>> THE FIRST ONE WAS 17 YEARSOLD IN SWEDEN.

FORTUNATELY BRAZIL WON THETOURNAMENT.

>> Jon: YOU WERE VOTED SECONDBEST PLAYER IN THE ENTIRE

TOURNAMENT AND BEST YOUNGPLAYER.

>> SECOND ONE BRAZIL WON INCHILE.

IN ENGLAND 1966.

BRAZIL THREE WORLD CUPS CAME INWITH A BIG TEAM AND LOST WORLD

CUP.

I GOT INJURY.

>> Jon: BUT THEY REALLY KICKEDYOU IN THAT ONE.

THEY WERE VERY VICIOUS TO YOU.

I WAS NOT HAPPY ABOUT THAT ONE.

>> AND THEN THAT SUPPOSE -- IWAS DEPRESSED.

I SAID THIS WILL BE MY LASTWORLD CUP.

BUT THEN 70 I WAS IN GOOD SHAPE.

I SAY, OKAY.

I GONNA PLAY.

GOD GAVE IT TO ME THE WORLD CUP.

>> Jon: YEAH.

>> AND THEN I BRING SOMETHINGFROM 70 FOR YOU.

>> Jon: YOU GOTTA BE KIDDINGME.

FOR GOD SAKES, NO.

AWWWWW!

OH, WOW.

OLE, OLE -- MY FRIEND.

GOD BLESS.

THANK YOU, MY FRIEND, SO MUCH SOLOVELY.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, "WHYSOCCER MATTERS" IT'S ON THE

BOOKSHELVES NOW.

THE GREAT PELE.

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