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Pele named NOC's Top Athlete

Friday December 17, 1999

In claiming the award, Pele beat out a list of Olympic greats including Muhammad Ali and Carl Lewis. AP

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- The world's National Olympics Committees have voted Brazilian soccer star Pele as No. 1 in their top five Athletes of the Century even though he's the only one of the five who didn't take part in the Olympics.

Behind Pele come Muhammad Ali, who won the Olympic light-heavyweight boxing title in 1960 before becoming a heavyweight megastar as a pro, Carl Lewis, who won nine athletics gold medals in four Games between 1984-96, basketball star Michael Jordan, who was among the United States "Dream Team" gold medalists in '92, and Mark Spitz, who won seven swimming titles at the '72 Games at Munich.

The NOCs also listed their top five leaders in sport with Baron Pierre de Coubertin, architect of the modern Olympics and International Olympic Committee president from 1896-1925, as No. 1 ahead of current IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch, who has held the position since 1980.

Former FIFA president Joao Havelange was third ahead of Primo Nebiolo, who was president of the International Amateur Athletic Federation for 18 years until his death last month, and Avery Brundage, IOC president from 1952-72.


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Pele's Teams and Successes


1281 goals in 1363 matches - all-time world record

Top Brazilian goalscorer of all-time

IOC Athlete of the Century 1999


Clubs

1956-1974 Santos
1975-1977 New York Cosmos

Club Titles

1956 Sao Paulo state champion (Santos)
1957 Top goalscorer in Sao Paulo league (17 goals)
1958 Sao Paulo state champion (Santos)
1958 Top goalscorer in Sao Paulo league (58 goals)
1959 Copa America finalist
1959 Top goalscorer in Sao Paulo league (45 goals)
1960 Sao Paulo state champion (Santos)
1960 Top goalscorer in Sao Paulo league (33 goals)
1961 Sao Paulo state champion (Santos)
1961 Top goalscorer in Sao Paulo league (47 goals)
1961 Copa Libertadores (Santos)
1961 Brazilian Cup winner (Santos)
1962 Sao Paulo state champion (Santos)
1962 Top goalscorer in Sao Paulo league (37 goals)
1962 Copa Libertadores (Santos)
1962 World Club champion (Santos)
1962 Brazilian Cup winner (Santos)
1963 Top goalscorer in Sao Paulo league (22 goals)
1963 World club champion (Santos)
1963 Brazilian Cup winner (Santos)
1964 Sao Paulo state champion (Santos)
1964 Top goalscorer in Sao Paulo league (34 goals)
1964 Brazilian Cup winner (Santos)
1965 Top goalscorer in Sao Paulo league (49 goals)
1965 Sao Paulo state champion (Santos)
1965 Brazilian Cup winner (Santos)
1967 Sao Paulo state champion (Santos)
1968 Sao Paulo state champion(Santos)
1968 Brazilian Cup winner (Santos)
1969 Sao Paulo state champion (Santos)
1969 Top goalscorer in Sao Paulo league (26 goals)
1973 Sao Paulo state champion (Santos)
1973 Top goalscorer in Sao Paulo league (11 goals)
1977 USA champion (Cosmos New York)

International Honors

1958 FIFA World Cup in Sweden: winner
1959 Copa America: finalist
1959 Top goalscorer in Copa America (9 goals)
1962 FIFA World Cup in Chile: winner
1966 FIFA World Cup in England: first round
1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico: winner

92 caps, 97 goals

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