According to Pelé, indoor football presented difficult challenges; he said it was a lot quicker than football on the grass and that players were required to think faster because everyone is close to each other in the pitch.
Pelé accredits indoor football for helping him think better on the spot.
In his mid-teens, he played for an indoor football team called Radium.
Indoor football had just become popular in Bauru when Pelé began playing it.
In his autobiography, Pelé stated he had no idea what the name means, nor did his old friends.
Pelé grew up in poverty in Bauru in the state of São Paulo.
A prolific goalscorer, Pelé was known for his ability to strike powerful and accurate shots with both feet in addition to anticipating his opponents' movements on the field.
In one of the tournaments he participated, he was initially considered too young to play, but eventually went on to end up top scorer with fourteen or fifteen goals.
Pelé is the all-time leading goalscorer for Brazil with 77 goals in 92 games.
At club level he is the record goalscorer for Santos, and led them to the 19 Copa Libertadores.
In his later career, he played in a playmaking role behind offensive strikers.
In Brazil, he is hailed as a national hero for his accomplishments in football and for his outspoken support of policies that improve the social conditions of the poor.