Pele Age, Wife, Children, Biography, Affairs & More



Real NameEdson Arantes do Nascimento
Nickname(s)Dico, Pele, The Black Pearl
ProfessionProfessional Footballer(Retired), Humanitarian
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 173 cm
in meters- 1.73 m
in feet inches- 5’ 8”
Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 75 kg
in pounds- 165 lbs
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
DebutInternational- On 7 July 1957 for Brazil against Argentina
Club- On 7 September 1956 for Santos against Corinthians Santo Andre
Jersey Number#10 (Brazil)
#10 (Santos)
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
Personal Life
Date of Birth23 October 1940
Age (as in 2017)77 Years
BirthplaceTrês Corações, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Zodiac sign/Sun signLibra
Signature Pele's Signature
HometownTrês Corações, Minas Gerais, Brazil
SchoolNot Known
College/UniversityDid Not Attend
Educational QualificationNot Known
Food HabitNon-Vegetarian
HobbiesFishing, Writing Songs, Cooking, Playing Guitar
Girls, Affairs & More
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/GirlfriendsLenita Kurtz (1968) Journalist
Xuxa (1981-1986) TV Presenter
Pele with Xuxa
Wife/SpouseOsemeri Dos Reis Cholbi (1966–1982)
Pele with his first wife Rosemeri dos Reis Cholbi
Assíria Lemos Seixas (1994–2008)
Pele with his second wife Assiria Lemos Seixas
Marcia Aoki (2016-Present)
Pele with his third wife Marcia Aoki
ChildrenSons- Edinho
Pele with his son Edinho
Pele with his son Joshua
Daughters- Sandra Machado
Pele's daughter Sandra Machado
Kelly Cristina
Pele's daughter Kelly Cristina with his wife Rosemeri
Flávia Kurtz
Pele's daughter Flávia Kurtz
Pele's daughter Celeste
ParentsFather- João Ramos
Pele with his father
Mother- Dona Celeste
Pele with his mother
SiblingsBrother- Zeca Nascimento
Pele with his brother
Sister- Maria Lúcia Nascimento
Favourite Things
Favourite SportspersonMuhammad Ali
Favourite PlaceSantos, Brazil
Favourite FoodRice and beans
Style Quotient
Cars CollectionMercedes 1970, Mercedes-Benz W111, Red 1957 Porsche 356, Volkswagen
Money Factor
Net Worth (approx.)$100 Million (₹680 Crore)


Some Lesser Known Facts About Pele

  • Does Pele smoke?: No
  • Does Pele drink alcohol?: No
  • He was born to Dondinho and Dona Celeste Arantes. His father was a soccer player himself.
  • He was named after American inventor Thomas Edison. Pele as a child
  • They were very poor and he had to work as a servant in a tea stall in his childhood.
  • He was nicknamed as “Dico”, but his friends started calling him Pele after his favourite footballer Vasco da Gama’s goalkeeper ‘Bile’, whom he mispronounced as ‘Pele’. Pele in his childhood
  • He learned the first kicks of soccer from his father and played for many amateur teams in his youth. With no money to buy a football, he used to stuff newspapers inside socks and play with that.
  • He joined Bauru Athletic Club juniors and led his team to three consecutive titles from 1954 to 1956. Pele in his childhood playing football
  • He said in an interview that the indoor tournaments he used to play in his childhood helped him to take his game to another level. The indoor tournaments taught him to make quick decisions as the pitches were small and the players were more.
  • Football star de Brito was impressed by his talents and took him to Santos in 1956 where he started his professional football career. He became a regular starter for the side in 1957.
  • He became the top scorer in the league in 1957. His consistent performances earned him a place in Brazil’s squad and played his first game for Brazil in July 1957 against Argentina.
  • In 1958, he scored 58 goals for Santos in Campeonato Paulista (a top flight league in Brazil), a feat unmatched till date.  Pele after a successful 2008
  • He scored 6 goals in 4 matches in the 1958 World Cup and eventually won the World Cup.

  • In the 1962 World Cup, his campaign was halted with injury and remained out of the most of the tournament.
  • In 1964, he was involved in an affair with the housemaid, Anizia Machado who gave birth to Sandra Machado. Sandra fought for years to be acknowledged by Pele as his daughter but he refused to submit his DNA. Although the court recognised her as his biological daughter based on the DNA evidence in 1993. But Pele never acknowledged her as his daughter even after her death in 2006.
  • On 21 February 1966, Pelé married Rosemeri dos Reis Cholbi and had two daughters and son with her. Pele getting married to Rosemeri dos Reis Cholbi
  • The 1966 World Cup was a big failure as he got injured and Brazil got knocked out in the first round. Pele injured in 1966 World Cup
  • In 1968, he had another extramarital affair with journalist Lenita Kurtz and had a daughter, Flávia with her.
  • He scored his 1000th goal against Vasco da Gama from a penalty kick at the Maracana Stadium in 1969.
  • The 1970 World Cup was his last World Cup. Brazil won the World Cup and he was named the ‘Player of the Tournament’.

  • He played his last international match against Yugoslavia on 18 July 1971, in Rio de Janeiro.
  • His 19th season in 1974 was his last season for the club Santos before retiring. Pele playing for Santos
  • In 1976, he emerged from the semi-retirement by joining New York Cosmos.
  • In his last game on 1 October 1977, (an exhibition match between Cosmos and Santos) he played the first half for Cosmos and second half for Santos. He scored from a direct free kick in the first half which turned out to be his last goal.

  • In 1982, Pele and his wife, Rosemeri dos Reis Cholbi divorced. Pele was then involved in a romantic relationship with a TV presenter Xuxa. She was just 17 at that time.
  • In 1992, he was appointed as a UN ambassador for ecology and the environment.
  • In April 1994, he married psychologist and gospel singer Assíria Lemos Seixas and had twins with her. The couple divorced in 2008.
  • In 1995, he was appointed as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.
  • He was the Minister of Sport of Brazil from 1995 to 1998.
  • In 1997, he received an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace. Pele
  • He was voted 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. Pele married to Marcia Aoki
  • He scored 1281 goals in 1363 games, most by any player ever to play this game. He scored 92 hat-tricks, and scored four goals on 31 occasions, five on six occasions, and once scored eight in one match.

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