When did Pele change his name?
The name Pele actually came about in his school days, when he would mispronounce the name of Vasco da Gama goalkeeper Bile. The name was intended to make fun of him for it, yet the more he protested against it, the more the nickname stuck. At the time of his professional debut in 1956, Pele was 15.
What did Pele call football?
The Beautiful Game (Portuguese: o jogo bonito) is a nickname for association football. It was popularised by the Brazilian footballer Pelé, although the exact origin of the phrase is disputed.
Why was Pele called the Black Pearl?
Pele acquired several nicknames during his career: “Gasoline” for his energy, “The Executioner” for his brilliant ability to finish an offensive drive and put the ball in the net, and, most popularly, “The Black Pearl,” because he was precious.