Edson Arantes do Nascimento (born October 23, 1940), known as Pele), is a retired Brazilian professional footballer who played as an attacker. He is considered by many in sports, including football writers, players, and fans, as the best soccer player of all time.
In 1999, he was elected World Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) and was one of the two winners of the FIFA Player of the Century Award. In the same year, Pele was elected Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee.
According to IFFHS, Pele is the top scorer in the league in the world, with 1,281 goals in 1363 games, including friendlies and unofficial tours. During his days as a player, Pele was for some time the best-paid athlete in the world.
Pelé started playing for Santos at 15 and for the Brazilian national team at 16. During his international career, he won three FIFA World Cups: 1958, 1962 and 1970, being the only player who did so. Pelé is the all-time leading scorer for Brazil with 77 goals in 92 games.
At the club level, he was Santos’ top scorer and took them to the Copa Libertadores in 1962 and 1963. “Pelé’s electrifying game and a penchant for spectacular goals” made him a star all over the world, and his teams They have made international tours to make the most of their popularity.
Since he retired in 1977, Pelé has been an ambassador of world football and has carried out numerous commercial and action actions. In 2010, he was named an honorary president of the New York Cosmos.
It is also known that Pele links the phrase “The Beautiful Game” with football. Pelé, a prolific scorer, was known for his ability to throw powerful and precise shots with both feet, as well as anticipating the movements of his opponents on the field.
Early in his career, he played in a variety of offensive formations and would use his dribbling skills to beat opponents. In his later career, he played a player role behind the offensive attackers.
In Brazil, he is hailed as a national hero for his achievements in football and for his outspoken support for policies that improve the social conditions of the poor. Throughout his career and in retirement, Pelé has received several individuals and team awards for his performance in the field, record achievements, and legacy in the sport.
|Real Name||Edson Arantes do Nascimento|
|Nick Name||Dico, Pele, The Black Pearl|
|Profession||Professional Footballer(Retired), Humanitarian|
Physical Stats & More
|Height||in centimeters– 173 cm|
in meters– 1.73 m
in feet inches– 5’ 8”
|Weight||in kilograms– 75 kg|
in pounds– 165 lbs
|Debut||International– On 7 July 1957 for Brazil against Argentina|
Club– On 7 September 1956 for Santos against Corinthians Santo Andre
|Jersey Number||#10 (Brazil)|
|Awards, Honours, Achievements||• Copa Libertadores Top Scorer: 1965|
• Campeonato Paulista Top Scorer (11): 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1969, 1973
• Torneio Rio-São Paulo Top Scorer: 1963
• FIFA World Cup Best Young Player: 1958
• FIFA World Cup Golden Ball (Best Player): 1970
• Copa America Best Player: 1959
• Copa América Top Scorer: 1959
|Date Of Birth||23 October 1940|
|Age (as in 2017)||77 Years|
|Birth Place||Três Corações, Minas Gerais, Brazil|
|Home Town||Três Corações, Minas Gerais, Brazil|
|College||Did Not Attend|
|Educational Qualification||Not Known|
|Hobbies||Fishing, Writing Songs, Cooking, Playing Guitar|
|Favourite Sportsperson||Muhammad Ali|
|Favourite Place||Santos, Brazil|
|Favourite Food||Rice and beans|
Girls, Affairs and More
|Affairs/Girlfriends||Lenita Kurtz (1968) Journalist |
Xuxa (1981-1986) TV Presenter
|Wife/Spouse||Osemeri Dos Reis Cholbi (1966–1982)|
Assíria Lemos Seixas (1994–2008)
Marcia Aoki (2016-Present)
Daughters– Sandra Machado
|Parents||Father– João Ramos|
Mother– Dona Celeste
|Siblings||Brother– Zeca Nascimento|
Sister– Maria Lúcia Nascimento
|Cars Collection||Mercedes 1970, Mercedes-Benz W111, Red 1957 Porsche 356, Volkswagen|
|Net worth (approx.)||$100 Million (₹680 Crore)|
Some less famous data about Pelé
- Pele smokes ?: No
- Does Pele drink alcohol ?: No
- He was born in Dondinho and Dona Celeste Arantes. His father was himself a footballer.
- It was named after the American inventor Thomas Edison.
- They were very poor and had to work as a servant in a tea house as a child.
- He was nicknamed “Dico”, but his friends began calling him Pele, according to the goalkeeper of his favorite player Vasco da Gama, Bile, whom he misinterpreted as “Pele”.
- He learned the first kicks from his father and played for many amateur teams in his youth. Having no money to buy a soccer ball, I used to put newspapers in my socks and play with them.
- He joined Club Atlético Bauru junior and led his team to three consecutive titles from 1954 to 1956.
- He said in an interview that the indoor tournaments he used to play in his childhood helped him take his game to another level. The indoor tournaments taught him to make quick decisions because the locations were small and there were more players.
- Brito’s football star was impressed by his talent and took him to Santos in 1956, where he began his career as a professional footballer. He became the regular head of the team in 1957.
- He became the league’s top scorer in 1957. His consistent performances earned him a place in the Brazilian team and he played his first match with Brazil in July 1957 against Argentina.
- In 1958, he scored 58 goals for Santos in the Paulista Championship (a high-flying league in Brazil), a performance without equal until today.
- He scored 6 goals in 4 games in the 1958 World Cup and finally won the World Cup.
- In the 1962 World Cup, his campaign was stopped for injuries and he stayed out of the tournament.
- In 1964, he was involved in a love affair with the maid Anizia Machado who gave birth to Sandra Machado.
- Sandra fought for years to be recognized by Pele as her daughter, but she refused to send her DNA. Although the court recognized her as his biological daughter based on DNA tests in 1993. But Pele never recognized her as his daughter, even after his death in 2006.
- On February 21, 1966, Pelé married Rosemeri dos Reis Cholbi and had two daughters and a son with her.
- The 1966 World Cup was a great failure because he was injured and Brazil was eliminated in the first round.
- In 1968, he had another extramarital affair with the journalist Lenita Kurtz and had a daughter, Flávia with her.
- He scored his 1,000th goal against Vasco da Gama from a penalty shoot in the Maracana Stadium in 1969.
- The 1970 World Cup was his last world cup. Brazil won the World Cup and was named “Tournament Player”.
- He played his last international match against Yugoslavia on July 18, 1971 in Rio de Janeiro.
- His nineteenth season in 1974 was his last season for the Santos club before retiring.
- In 1976, he left semi-retirement by joining New York Cosmos.
- In his last game on October 1, 1977 (exhibition game between Cosmos and Santos), he played the first half for
- Cosmos and the second half for Santos. He scored a direct free kick in the first half, which proved to be his last goal.
- In 1982, Pelé and his wife Rosemeri dos Reis Cholbi divorced. Pelé was involved in a relationship with a presenter of Xuxa TV. She was only 17 at the time.
- In 1992, he was appointed Ambassador of the United Nations for Ecology and the Environment.
- In April of 1994, he married the psychologist and gospel singer Assíria Lemos Seixas and had twins with her.
- The couple divorced in 2008.
- In 1995, he was named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.
- He was Minister of Sports of Brazil from 1995 to 1998.
- In 1997, he received an honorary cavalry from Queen Elizabeth II during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
- He was elected athlete of the century by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1999.
- In July 2016, he married Marcia Aoki, a Japanese-Brazilian importer of medical equipment from Penápolis, São Paulo.
- He scored 1281 goals in 1363 games, most of the players who ever played in this game. He has scored 92 hat-tricks and scored four goals 31 times, five times six times, and once he has scored eight goals in one game.