Exclusive - Pele Extended Interview Pt. 1

  • Aired:  04/03/14
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"Why Soccer Matters" author Pele describes the way he played soccer as a child and how his sports career was built on a desire to follow in his father's footsteps. (4:43)

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>> Jon: WELCOME BACK, LADIES

AND GENTLEMEN.

MY GUEST TONIGHT LEGENDARYFOOTBALLER WON THREE WORLD CUPS

DURING THE PROFESSIONAL CAREERIS THE ALL-TIME LEADING GOAL

SCORER IN SOCCER HISTORY.

HIS BOOK IS CALLED "WHY SOCCERMATTERS."

HERE SAY LITTLE TASTE, JUST ASMALL TASTE OF WHAT MADE HIM

THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME.

♪ ♪

WOW.

>> Jon: PLEASE WELCOME PELE.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]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 FOR THAT.

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

TO UNDERSTAND WHY BECAUSE JUSTGOD KNOW WHY YOU DO SOMETHING.

>> Jon: YEAH.

>> I HAVE -- MY FATHER WAS ASOCCER PLAYER.

PLAYED PROFESSIONAL.

>> Jon: HE DID PLAYPROFESSIONAL?

>> YEAH. MY FATHERWAS A PROFESSIONAL IN THE STATE

OF MINAS GERAIS WHERE I WAS BORNAND THEN THEY WENT TO THE STATE

OF SAO PAOLO AND PLAYED SAOPAOLO. BAURU IS A SMALL CITY

OF SAO PAOLO AND PLAYED SAOPAOLO. BAURU IS A SMALL CITY

NEXT TO SAO PAOLO CAPITAL.AND THEN THERE I START. MY

FATHER STOPPED AND I STARTED. IJUST WANT TO BE.

ONE DAY I'M GOING TO BE LIKE MYFATHER.

>> Jon: BEAUTIFUL.

[ APPLAUSE ]WHEN YOU STARTED, YOU KNOW, I

DON'T KNOW THAT PEOPLE REALIZEWHAT YOU OVERCOME TO DO

THIS. YOU GREW UP VERYLITTLE MONEY.

YOU USE FOR A SOCCER BALL A SOCKSTUFFED WITH NEWSPAPER OR A, YOU

KNOW, OLD FRUIT SOMETHING.

>> GRAPEFRUIT.

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

WERE YOU ALWAYS -- DID YOURSKILLS COME TO YOU JUST SO

NATURALLY?

WERE YOU ALWAYS EVEN AS AYOUNGER PLAYER ABLE TO PLAY WITH

THE BIGGER KIDS?

>> THAT TIME WE DIDN'T HAVE THEFACILITY WE HAVE TODAY, THE NEW

TECHNOLOGY WITH BALLS, SHOES.

AT THAT TIME -->> Jon: YEAH.

[ LAUGHTER.

BUT DO YOU KNOW WHY INMANY REASONS WHY SOCCER NOW HAS

ALL OF THIS? DO YOU KNOW WHY?

>> BECAUSE THE -->> Jon: BECAUSE OF YOU.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>> BUT YOU KNOW, THEN I USED TO

PLAY WITH MY FRIENDS IN THESTREET WITH GRAPEFRUIT OR

ORANGES, SOMETIMES WITH COCONUT.

[ LAUGHTER ]BUT TO HAVE ONE BALL, ONE SOCCER

BALL OF LEATHER WAS TOOEXPENSIVE.

>> Jon: YEAH, YEAH.

>> MAYBE YOU KNOW, I HAVE SOMETIME TO HELP TO CLEAN SHOES WITH

MY FRIEND MAKE MONEY TO BUY ABALL.

THERE I START.

MY FATHER ALWAYS THEY USED TOSAY, LISTEN, GOD GIVE A GIFT TO

YOU TO PLAY FOOTBALL.

YOU GONNA PLAY BUT YOU MUST BEALWAYS PREPARED FOR THAT.

YOU MUST RESPECT PEOPLE.

YOU HAVE TO TRAIN A LOT.

THAT'S WHAT I DID.

>> Jon: UNBELIEVABLE.

ALL RIGHT.

WELL IT'S OBVIOUSLY RIGHT NOW.

SORRY -- JUST.

[ APPLAUSE ]HALFTIME.

INTERVIEW HALFTIME.

[ LAUGHTER ][LAUGHTER]

>> Jon: HOW DO YOU THINK IT'SGOING SO FAR?

COULD YOU THINK IT'S -- DO YOUTHINK IT'S GOING PRETTY GOOD?

[LAUGHTER]>> SOMEBODY WANT?

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>> Jon: HALFTIME IS OVER.

LET'S DO THE REST OF THEINTERVIEW.

THERE WE GO.

ALL RIGHT.

SO IN 1950 --[LAUGHTER]

BY THE WAY -- LET ME SAY

THIS, I AM SO KEEPING THIS.

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