One of the greatest football players in history, “Pele,” is now a adjective. The Brazilian printing of the Michaelis Portuguese dictionary included the term “pele” to its list of more than 167,000 other entries.
For the 265 million or so Portuguese speakers throughout the world, “pele” is now a word that may be used to refer to something or someone outstanding, the sense that it is currently being used informally in Brazil.
In a statement posted to Instagram, the Pele Foundation said that “the phrase already used to describe someone who is the best at what they do has been eternalized on the pages of the dictionary.”
The term “The King” of football, who passed away in December at the age of 82, is referred to as “exceptional, incomparable, and unique” in the revised article. The Michaelis online edition also offers helpful examples, such as these: He is the pele of basketball, and she is the pele of Brazilian drama.#
Although it is only present in the Michaelis online edition at the moment, the word will eventually be added to printed dictionaries. It is the result of a project by the Pele Foundation, the sports network SportsTV, and the Sao Paulo football team Santos, where Pele played for the most of his playing career.
In the more than two decades that he spent playing for Santos (1956–1974), the Brazilian national team, and the New York Cosmos (1975–1977), Pele set a record for goals scored (1,281), which still stands today.