- Sat Aug 6, 2016, 5:21 AM GMT
The Brazilian marathoner, who's considered a hero after a 2014 incident at the Olympics in Athens, lit the cauldron at the Maracana Stadium after Pele canceled his appearance.READ MORE
Pele. A name known around the world, a sports legend who changed soccer forever, and a national hero who carried the hopes and dreams of a country on his back. But before he was an icon, he was a kid from the slums of Sao Paulo, Brazil, so poor that he couldn't afford a real soccer ball. Charting his meteoric rise-from scrubbing floors to support his family to honing his electrifying playing style on the streets to leading Brazil's national team to its first World Cup victory at the age of 17-Pele vividly brings to life the greatest sports story of the 20th century.