Edson Arantes do Nascimento also popularly known as ‘PELE’ was a brilliant Santos Club and Brazilian Professional Football player who played as a forward and contributed numerous amount of records and helped to achieve his country win big International Trophies. The son of Mr. Dodinho and Mrs. Celeste Arantes.

During his football career he was the most famous and possibly the best paid athlete in the world. People were attracted to him in a quick of a sight due to his goal scoring ability and reputation for being the best. Pele had a great contribution for the exposure of Football and making it known to every corners of the world.

Early Life and Passion for Football

Pele was born on 23 October, 1940 AD in Brazil, State of Minas Gerais, Três Corações. He obtained the name ‘Pele’ after mistakenly calling the goalkeeper ‘Bile’ by that name during a game. After match, people started to tease him by calling ‘Pele’.Gradually, he became really annoyed by people calling him Pele all the time. Little did he know, the name ‘Pele’ is going to be a brand in the History of Football sooner. Pele experienced days of poverty while growing up with his family in a small town named ‘Sao Paulo’.

Back then, His father already had the heat of football in his foot and wanted his son to also follow the path of a football career. The very first teacher of Pele was his father. They couldn’t afford the ball so they used to play with a paper-stuffed sock assuming its a football, that didn’t stop Pele from having a love for football and pursuing football as a career. Pele also worked as a waiter in a local tea shop.

Pele used to participate in local leagues in his teenage years. Eventually one day ,one of the biggest club of Brazil ‘Santos FC’ caught eye on 15 year old teenager himself, Pele. By the age of just 16, he was already a top goal scorer of the Brazilian league and earned a spotlight on Football. To the circumstance of unbelieveness , the Brazilian President declared Pele as a national treasure of the country and did not permitted him to sign foreign league clubs.

Incredible Professional Career

Later in his football career, on 19 November 1969 at Vasco da Gama in Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium Pele went on to score a goal marking it as the 1000th goal of his professional career. The whole world were talking about him as he was the first professional football player to score 1000 goals in the History of Football.

Pele scoring 1000 goals was beyond the limit of people’s imagination, no one ever thought that some boy from a very small town would come and kick the ball and make the world go around him. He did something quite unimaginable. Pele’s strike rate in international games was recorded as one of the highest ever. In 1977, Pele completed his career and retired after he led the New York Cosmos in the direction of the US title. He was one of the greatest players to ever touch football.

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Personal life

Pele, the legendary Brazilian football player entered matrimony three times and is a father of several children. In 1970. He gave birth to a total of three children, one son, and two daughters with his first wife Rosemeri dos Reis Cholbi. He married Assíria Lemos Seixas in 1994 and they gave birth to twins. Pele had also given birth to two children through affairs with housemaid, Anizia Machado. At the age of 72, Pele decided to marry 41 years old ‘Marcia Aoki’ in July 2016.

After retiring from football career, he went on to become a great ambassador for football and sport in general. Pele was also appointed as a UN ambassador for the ecology and environment in 1992. He was also appointed as a UNESCO goodwill ambassador. He did carry a huge responsibility even after he retired from his football career. The footballer was not only the greatest athlete in the world but also a well-mannered man who used his fame and prestige to create a peaceful, positive, and effective impact all over the world.

Interesting Facts About Pele

  • He has unofficially scored 1,283 professional goals.
  • His first professional contract paid him only US $10 a month.
  • His appearance caused a ceasefire in a civil war in 1967.
  • He never won the Ballon d’Or
  • November 19 is Pele Day in Brazil.
  • He was named after famous inventor Thomas Edison.
  • He was a Brazilian National Treasure.
  • He has 7 children with 3 wives.

What was the cause of Pele’s Death?

We will never forget the day when Pele said goodbye to this world leaving all the achievements and contributions to his country, club, and great influence in the sports scenario. So, the question might be asked, what was the real cause of Pele’s death? From 2021, Pele had to fight the battle against colon cancer. He underwent surgery and chemotherapy. He was admitted to the hospital in November 2022 due to a respiratory infection and a continuation of treatment for his disease.

Sadly, Pele passed away at the age of 82 on December 29, 2022 due to multiple organ failure from complications of colon cancer.

Pele’s Net Worth

According to different sources of reports, the net worth of Pele was estimated at around 100$ million which is very amazing. He accumulated his wealth through different sources like businesses, brand deals, and his football career. He is not only good at scoring goals but he is also very good in accumulating wealth.

NameEdson Arantes do Nascimento
ProfessionActor, Football player, Film Producer
Height5 ft 8inch (1.73m)
Date of birthOctober 23, 1940
ChildrenEdinho, Sandra Regina Arantes do Nascimento, Joshua Nascimento, Celeste Nascimento,
Kelly Cristina Nascimento, Jennifer Nascimento, Flávia Christina Kurtz Nascimento
Weight70 kg
Hobbies Fishing, Writing songs, Cooking, Playing the guitar