Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele is widely recognised as one of the greatest footballers of all time. For a player who for the majority of his club career never played outside of Brazil and in an era pre-internet and widespread coverage, his legend transcended continents.
Many years after his retirement, he remains a by-word for excellence in sport and an inspiration for several generations since. The Brazilian number 10 shirt is, thanks to Pele, an iconic and at times challenging shirt to wear.
For his sporting career that inspired millions all over the world, when he played the game in a spirit that befitted his reputation and for his continued work in inspiring future generations, Pele is the deserving winner of the Lifetime Achievement award at the Laureus World Sports Awards.