Pele was born on 23rd October, 1940 in Mans Gerais, Brazil. Pele grew up in Bauru, Sao Paulo in utter poverty. He earned extra money by working as a servant in tea shops. He could not afford to buy a proper football so he would play with a sock stuffed with newspaper tied with a string or grapefruit.
He was trained by his father by a very young age to be a footballer. His father Dondhino was himself a former footballer and leading scorer for the club teams he played for.