Pelé Fast Facts

Here’s a glimpse into the life of Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pelé, a Brazilian professional football (soccer) player.

During his appearances at the World Cup, he scored 12 goals in 14 matches. He played four World Cups and his Brazilian team won three (1958, 1962, 1970). Date of birth: October 23, 1940 Place of birth: Três Corações, Brazil
Birth name: Edson Arantes do Nascimento Father: João Ramos do Nascimento, known as “Dondinho”, soccer player
Mother: Celeste Arantes do Nascimento Marriages Marcia Cibele Aoki (2016-present), Assíria Lemos (1994-2010, divorced), Rosemeri Cholbi (1966-1978, divorced).

Children: with Rosemeri Cholbi: Kely, Edson and Jennifer; with Anisia Machado: Sandra (died of cancer in 2006); with Lenita Kurtz: Flávia Christina; with Assíria Lemos: Joshua and Celeste Nicknames include Pérola Negra (Black Pearl), O Rei (The King), and Dico. He started playing soccer professionally at 15. His position was inside left forward (forward), his jersey number was 10 and he played for Santos Football Club from 1956 to 1974. He won the World Cup for the first time at age 17. The president of Brazil declared Pelé a national treasure,

He has several memoirs, including “Pelé: My life and the beautiful game”, “My life in images” and “Pelé: The autobiography”. which prevented him from signing for a team outside of Brazil. He was named after Thomas Edison.
He appeared in various films in the 1970s and 1980s. He composed the soundtrack for the film “Pelé (1977)”, as well as other musical pieces. Pele’s Day occurs in Santos, Brazil, on November 19 of each year, to recognize the date of his 1,000th goal. He scored 1,281 goals in his professional career (in 1,363 games).

September 7, 1956-Scores his first professional goal in his league debut, during a match between Santos FC and Corinthians Football Club. 1967 – The two parties involved in the Nigerian civil war call for a ceasefire to see Pelé and Santos’ team play an exhibition match in Lagos. November 19, 1969: Scores his 1,000th goal in his 909th first-class match. October 1, 1977-He retires from playing in an exhibition match between Cosmos and Santos FC. He plays the first half for Cosmos and the second half for Santos.

1978 – Receives the International Peace Prize. 1993-He is inducted into the US National Soccer Hall of Fame.
1995-1998 – Serves as extraordinary minister of sports in Brazil. December 3, 1997 – Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain grants him the honorary knighthood. 1998 – A law, dubbed the “Pelé Law,” is passed to address corruption in Brazilian soccer. It enters into force in 2001. 1999 – The International Olympic Committee names him “Athlete of the Century. 2000 – The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) names him “Player of the Century”, along with Argentine Diego Maradona.

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