Pelé Edson, better known by his stage name Arantes do Nascimento, was a famous footballer in Brazil. Pele has a net worth of $100 million as of the year 2022. He was one of the most prosperous and well-liked sports figures of the 20th century, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport. FIFA even referred to him as “the greatest.”
In the year 1999, he was named the Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee and was included in Time magazine’s list of the century’s 100 most important people. In the year 2000, the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) honoured Pelé by bestowing upon him the title of World Player of the Century.
Pelé was born on October 23, 1940, making him current age 81 as of the year 2022. He was born into a wealthy Christian family in the city of Tres Coracoes in Brazil, where he also spent his childhood. He adheres to the Christian faith and was born and raised in Brazil, hence his nationality is Brazilian.
He left school at a highly impressionable age and never went back. After that, he enrolled in the Metropolitan University of Santos, which is located in Brazil, and it was there that he finished his further education. As early on as he can remember, he was never much of a student, preferring instead to spend his time participating in extracurricular activities and athletics.
Wife & Relationships
Mr. Dondinho, also known as Pelé, was a professional footballer in Brazil. Pelé was named after his father.
Mrs. Celeste Arantes was his mother’s name, and she was a housewife by profession.
It has been established that Pelé is a married man. 2016 was the year that he tied the knot with Marcia Aoki. Before he married Marcia in 1994, he was previously married to Assiria Lemos Seixas; nevertheless, the pair was unable to maintain their marriage and divorced in 2008.
Pelé, whose moniker seemingly has no importance and who played for a little league club in Bauru, which is located in the state of So Paulo, was rejected by big club clubs in the city of So Paulo after he had played for the club.
However, in 1956 he became a member of the Santos Football Club, which, with Pelé playing inside left forward for the team, went on to win nine titles in the Sao Paulo league, as well as the Libertadores Cup and the Intercontinental Club Cup in 1962 and 1963, respectively. He was a national hero in Brazil and was given the nickname “Pérola Negra,” which translates to “Black Pearl.”
He had a great ability to anticipate the movements of opposing players, in addition to his excellent kicking strength and precision. Following the conclusion of the 1958 FIFA World Cup, Pelé was honoured with the title of national treasure by the Brazilian government.
This was done to discourage lucrative offers from European clubs and to guarantee that he would continue playing for Brazil’s national team. On November 19, 1969, he scored the 1,000th goal of his career in a first-class encounter that was his 909th overall.
Pelé made his debut for his country in 1957, when he was just 16 years old, and the following year, he participated in the World Cup finals for the first time in Sweden. The Brazilian manager at first hesitated before playing his rising star because of his age.
When Pelé did eventually make it out onto the pitch, he made an instant effect, scoring an assist and hitting the post with one of his shots as soon as he arrived. In the semifinal match against France, he scored a hat trick, and he scored two goals in the championship match, in which Brazil beat Sweden by a score of 5–2.
Pelé suffered a torn thigh muscle during the second game of the finals for the World Cup in 1962 and was forced to miss the rest of the competition as a result. Despite this, Brazil was able to win its second World Cup and take home the trophy. As a result of rough play and injuries, Brazil was eliminated from the 1966 World Cup in the first round, and Pelé seriously considered calling it quits in terms of his participation in future World Cup tournaments.
When he came back for his last World Cup in 1970, he joined up with rising players Jairzinho and Rivelino to help Brazil win its third championship and take permanent possession of the Jules Rimet Trophy. After playing in all 14 games of his World Cup career, Pelé concluded with 12 goals scored.
Pelé became a household name all around the globe because to his electric play and knack for scoring amazing goals. In order to capitalise on his stardom as much as possible, his team, Santos, went on a tour throughout the world. In 1967, he and his squad went on a trip to Nigeria, and while they were there, a cease-fire was arranged in the country’s civil war for the whole 48 hours so that everyone could see the famous player.
In 1974, Pelé said that he would no longer play the game, but the following year, he entered into a deal for $7 million over three years with the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League in order to promote soccer in the United States. After guiding the Cosmos to the league title in 1977, he decided to retire from baseball.
In 1978, Pelé was honoured with the International Peace Award for his contributions to peace. The French sports journal L’Equipe honoured him as Athlete of the Century in 1980, and the International Olympic Committee bestowed the same accolade upon him in 1999. Both of these accolades are considered to be among the most prestigious athletic honours.
In Santos, Brazil, the Pelé Museum first opened its doors in 2014.
In addition to his success in athletics, he has written a number of memoirs that have been bestsellers, and he has appeared in a number of documentaries and semi-documentaries that have been commercially successful. In addition to that, he was a composer, and among his works can be found the score for the movie Pelé (1977).