But the celebration has to wait.

Pelé will spend the day with some family members outside Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The football icon has in recent years had health problems of various kinds and is not expected to leave his home in Guarujá for any celebration.

His son Edinho said earlier this year that Péle was having difficulty walking due to poor rehabilitation after a hip operation.

Pelé, who is considered by many to be the 20th century's foremost football player and perhaps even the foremost of all time, broke through as a 17-year-old during the World Cup in Sweden in 1958 and is still the only one to have won the World Cup three times.

The last time was 50 years ago, in 1970 in Mexico.

Santos trogen

He was loyal to Santos for most of his career, 19 seasons from 1956 to 1974, leading the team to six of the club's eight league titles.

During Pelé's time at the club, Santos also won two of his three titles in the Copa Libertadores, South America's equivalent of the Champions League.

During his more than two years in the New York Cosmos, interest in football increased avalanche in the United States and an audience record for the league was set in 1977 when 77,891 spectators came to Giants Stadium when Fort Lauderdale was defeated 8-3 in the quarterfinals.

In Sao Paulo, the Brazilian Football Museum has opened an exhibition in honor of Pelé.

See photos from the museum and from Pelé's career in the clip in the player.