Football (known as ‘soccer’ in some countries) is the most popular sport in the whole world. To play you don’t need fancy, expensive equipment, just a ball, a pair of legs and a goal or two. Children and adults in China and Rome played similar games thousands of years ago.
In our story, the ball was signed by a famous player from Brazil. Although the story does not name the player, it could be Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known around the world as Pelé.
Pelé grew up in poverty, and not having enough money for a real ball, would play with stuffed socks and grapefruits. At the age of seventeen, he became an international hero as he led Brazil to win the World Cup, scoring two goals. He went on to become the greatest football player that ever lived.
Although I never had a ball signed by Pelé, I did receive his signature on a poster. I gave to my own son, who played football and is now a coach. Doe this have anything to do with the story? Perhaps.
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