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Pele Biography, Age, Wife, Children, Family, Wiki & More

Updated On : October 23, 2017

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Short Biography

Pele was born on 23-10-1940 in Tres Coracoes in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. He is a Brazilian former Football Player & Writer.

Other Name: Pelé, Dico, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, The Black Pearl
Other Professions: Writer

Pele Complete Bio & Career

Pele’s birth name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento. He was fondly called "Dico". He was raised in poverty. He though developed skills for playing soccer by kicking pieces of stuff on the streets of Bauru. 
He started off his journey by joining a youth squad. That squad was coached by former international star Waldemar de Brito. He was highly impressed with his skills and thus convinced his family and made him join Santos professional soccer club. He was just 15 years old then. Soon after joining the squad, he became the poster boy of the team and scored his first goal even before he turned 16. Soon after coming in the reckoning, he was drafted in National side. He was included in the squad that was announced for the 1958 football world cup. He was instrumental in Brazil’s win in that world cup as the 17-year-old three goals in the semi-finals and two in the finals. He after his heroics was offered a lot of lucrative deal to play for European clubs and was officially declared as a national treasure by the then Brazilian President, Jânio Quadros. 
In the next two world cups, he had to wait on sidelines as he was nursing injuries. However, he showed what he is capable of in the 1970 Football World Cup in Mexico. He netted four goals in the tournament which includes one screamer in the finals against Italy which made them lift the World Cup once again. He announced his retirement from the international arena in the year 1974 but kept playing in the North American Soccer league and finally played his last match in 1977. He retired with 1281 goals to his name from 1362 games. 
Retirement didn’t diminish his popularity at all and is even today considered as a legend in the world of football. He was named "Co-Player of the Century" by FIFA in the year 1999 alongside legendary Argentine footballer “Diego Maradona”. In 2006, he published his autobiography called Pele: The Autobiography. 

Pele Family, Relatives and Other Relations

He was born to João Ramos do Nascimento and Celeste Arantes. He has been married thrice. He was married to Rosemeri dos Reis Cholbi from 1966 to 1982. He then married Assíria Lemos Seixas in 1994 and divorced her in 2008. He is currently married to Marcia Aoki since 2016. He has a son named Edinho, who is also a football player.     

Father Dondinho
Son Edinho

Life's Important Dates Of Pele

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Skin Colour Black
Eye Colour Dark Brown
Hair Colour Dark Brown

Personal Info

Nationality Brazilian
Religion Roman Catholic
Marital Status Married
Debut 7 September 1956 against Corinthians Santo Andre
Net Worth $100 Million

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About Pele

  • In the late 1960s, the two factions in the Nigerian Civil War reportedly agreed to a 48-hour ceasefire so they could watch Pelé play in an exhibition game in Lagos.
  • The greatest footballer of all time may be retired for 40 years but his exploits live on today.
  • When Brazil lost the World Cup final to Uruguay in 1950, Pelé saw his father crying. “Don’t worry,” he told him. “One day I’ll win it.”
  • Pelé signed for Santos at the tender age of 15 and proceeded to score four goals on his debut against FC Corinthians.
  • The Brazil and Santos star wasn’t someone who was happy scoring just one goal. He scored 92 hat tricks, four goals on 31 occasions, five goals on six occasions and he once scored eight in a single match.
  • He’s the only player to win three World Cups.
  • Pelé got his nickname after his mispronunciation of the name of the Brazilian goalkeeper, Bilé, as Pelé. One of his classmates started to call him “Pelé” to tease him and the name stuck.
  • Pele scored his 1000th goal on 19 November 1969, causing the day to be simply known as Pele Day in Santos.
  • Pelé served as Brazil’s Extraordinary Minister of Sport between 1995 and 1998. He also served as a United Nations ambassador for Ecology and the Environment.

Pele Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

81 years, 8months, 7 days old age Pele will turn 82 on 23 October, 2022. Only 3 months, 22 days, 9 hours,33 minutes has left for his next birthday.

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Pele has celebrated the total number of 82 birthdays till date. See the analysis by days count and bar graph.

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