Born: Minas Gerais, Brazil
Lives and works: Brazil
Awards: FIFA World Cup (1970, 1962, 1958)
Exhibitions: Art Life Football (2015)
“My joy, throughout my life, has been football.”

Edson Arantes do Nascimento – better known as Pelé – is the most celebrated football player in history. Our collection captures not just his skills on the field, but the humility and passion of the man behind the legend.


Included are photographs highlighting some of his most iconic moments on the field, along with Pelé-inspired artworks by Nic Joly, Keith Maiden and Stuart McAlpine Miller. Each piece is hand-signed by Pelé himself.

Pelé’s unrivalled career saw him score 1,283 in 1,366 matches. In 1958, aged just 17, he became the youngest-ever winner of a World Cup tournament and the youngest scorer in a World Cup final. He later led Brazil to two more Wold Cup titles in 1962 (Chile) and 1970 (Mexico).

Following a transfer to the New York Cosmos, he played an emotional farewell game at a sold-out Giants Stadium in 1977. Named ‘Football Player of the Century’ by FIFA, Pelé continues to illustrate his commitment to sport and society by acting as a spokesperson, ambassador and philanthropist.

Video courtesy of Halcyon Gallery

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From the blog

"Gordon Banks was a goalkeeper with magic" - Pelé

Remembered best for a spectacular save against the legendary footballer during the 1970 World Cup, Gordon Banks inspired a generation - including Pelé himself. We celebrate the moment that sparked an unlikely friendship.

Pelé | Art Life Football

This series of photographic images of the legendary footballer also features artistic interpretations by artists including Nic Joly, Keith Maiden and Stuart McAlpine Miller.

Magazines and brochures

Fine Art Collector | Autumn 2015

The latest issue of Fine Art Collector celebrates 20 years of Castle Galleries and takes an in-depth look at some of our latest collections.

Pelé | Art Life Football

This captivating new collection of photographs taken by José Dias Herrera offers a glimpse into the rise of sporting legend, Pelé.

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