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 – was 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 World 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 continued to illustrate his commitment to sport and society by acting as a spokesperson, ambassador and philanthropist until his death on 29 December 2022.

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Pelé - A celebration of life

An exclusive celebration of the life and greatest sporting moments of the world's greatest footballer Pelé in limited edition photography and original art.

A Celebration Of Pelé

Edson Arantes do Nascimento – known to the world as Pelé – was unarguably one of the world’s greatest-ever footballers.

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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