Pelé was born in Três Corações in the south of Minas Gerais state in Brazil on October 23 1940. He is one of the many most valuable star players in the football arena. Pelé, who is known by his alias is regarded as the greatest football player of any time and era. He was once voted as the world player.
- He’s named after Thomas Edison
Pelé was named after the inventor of the lightbulb. His real name is Edson Arantes do Nascimiento. But what about the name Pelé? He got his nickname after he mispronounced the name of the Brazilian goalkeeper, Bilé, as Pelé. Classmates at school started him calling that and the name stuck. 23 goals scored in a single game.
2. He won the Laureus World Sports Award for Lifetime Achievement
Pelé was the first recipient to have won the L.L.A.A or Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. Laureus Sport for a good foundation is a global organization involving more than 150 charity projects worldwide and positively impacting at least 500,000 youngsters. The Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award is not necessarily presented every year, is this award is so prestigious, that footballers must make a significant amount of contribution in the sporting world.
3. At the age of 14, Pelé began to practice indoor footballing skills.
At 14 years old. Pelé began to practice indoor footballing skills and play with the adults despite many difficult challenges, under the consideration of him being too young to be playing indoor football. his confidence grew as he persisted on and became the top goalscorer with around 14 or 15 goals achieved. That was when Pelé realized he was not to be feared or frightened of the unknown, or even what lies ahead in the future. It was also during this time when he was eyed up by the Brazil national football team and embarked on a professional football career
4. At the age of 18. Pelé was awarded the FIFA World Cup best young player in 1958.
Pelé ‘s training and his passion for football continue to burn as his footballing skills grew to be much more professional. He was awarded the FIFA World Cup Best Young Player Award in 1958, at the age of 18 and that same year, he also won the FIFA World Cup silver ball.
5. Pelé scored the opening goal in the finals of the 1970 World Cup.
In 1970,Pelé slash the first goal with a header in the 1970 World Cup finals when Brazil was up against Italy. Despite the fact Italian defender jumping to defend the incoming ball, Pelé outshone him and got the first goal for his team Brazil’s team morale was boosted and the victorious feeling continued as Brazil won the final match in the 1970 world cup with a score of four to one. Pelé also received the golden ball as the most valuable player for this tournament.
6. Pelé has a current net worth of around $100 million.
Pelé’s current net worth is about $100 million. He’s upheld the Guinness World Record of scoring 1281 goals in all of his 1363 football matches. He was one of the highest-paid retired soccer players with a $6 million salary during his contract before retirement. Ever since his retirement in 1977, his earnings have come from various endorsements and sponsorship deals with listed companies which provide Pelé with an additional $14 million annually.
7. Pelé son was jailed for 12 years and 10 months.
In May 2014 news release that Pelé son Edinho born from his first marriage was arrested. He was sentenced to 33 years in prison as he was caught money laundering and drug trafficking. However, Pelé, together with his team of lawyers raised an appeal for the court to reduce the sentence from 33 years to 12 years and 10 months
8. Pelé has fathered two or more children from extramarital affairs.
When Pelé was 24. His housemate’s daughter, Sandra Machado revealed that her biological father was Pelé and insisted to perform DNA tests, which results were not officially acknowledged by Pelé. Despite the court’s recognition of the results of the DNA test, Pelé did not acknowledge Sandra Machado or Sandra’s family, even after Sandra passed away in 2006. Not only was he said to be Sandra’s father, Pelé also had another extramarital affair with a journalist called Lenny when he was 28. However, he did acknowledge he was the father to the one and only daughter born to Lenny.
9. Pelé had undergone a kidney removal in 1977. And another hip operation in 2012.
His health condition has reportedly deteriorated since 1977 after his first broadcasted open surgery to remove his right kidney. Years after his retirement in late 2012, he went again through a hip surgery, which was successful. His last appearance on the broadcast screen was during the 2018 World Cup and Moscow as he appeared to be sitting in a wheelchair
10. Pelé bought a wonderfully grand house worth around $4 million.
Pelé bought a wonderfully grand house worth about $4 million back in January 2018. His newly bought real estate includes a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, Home Office, a room mainly for all kinds of sports and a wide parking lot for his cars.
11. Pelé had a lifetime of interesting love relationships.
Besides his passion and love for football, Pelé also got himself involved in three marriages and lots of scandals with some of the women surrounding him. He married his first spouse, Rosemary Cholby and had three children with her and then divorced in 1982. Meanwhile, he started a relationship with an influential TV presenter Xuxa, who was only 17 at the time, which lasted from 1981 to 1986. His second marriage was with Assíria Seixas Lemos, who was a psychologist and singer. During his second marriage, a pair of twins was born to him on September 28 1996. They were divorced in 2008. Then he married for the third time to a 41-year-old working executive Marcia when he was 73. They began dating back in 2010, and he married her in July of 2016.
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