Football legend Pele is considered one of the greatest players to ever grace this sport. He is well famous with the family nick-name “Dico“, he is the all-time top scorer for the Brazilian national team. Pele Full name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento.
He has played for his national team for more than 14 years and has scored an impressive 77 goals for his national football team. Pele also played for football clubs like Santos FC and New York Cosmos (a former American football club). Footballer Pele is a versatile player who could play excellently even at the wing position and mainly as the central forward or striker. He has been rewarded with many prestigious awards like the FIFA player of the century and Athlete of the century (named by the International Olympics Committee) award for his contribution to football.
Similarly, he is widely regarded as one of the best players in this sport due to his consistency, precise shooting, passing skills, and leadership quality during the game. This biography on Brazilian football Icon, it covers some of the important moments from his early life to date.
Pele: Quick Facts
|Full name||Edson Arantes do Nascimento|
|Nickname||Also famous by the nickname: “Dico”|
|Date of birth||23-10-1940|
|Birthplace||Tres Coracoes, Brazil|
|Father’s name||Joao Ramos|
|Mother’s name||Dona Celeste|
|Siblings||One brother and a sister only|
|Brother’s/Sister’s name||Brother whose name is Zeca Nascimento, and a sister whose name is Maria Lucia Mancimento|
|Height||5.8 feet (1.73 m)|
|Weight||75 Kg (165 pounds)|
|Body measurement||Chest size: 44 inches Waist size: 34 Inches Biceps: 13 inches|
|Body type||Athletic body|
|Eye color||Black color|
|Hair color||Black color|
|Shoe size||10 (US)|
|Wife/girlfriend/ex-wife||Wife whose name is Marcia Aoki|
|Children||Two sons and four daughters|
|Children name||Sons whose names are Edinho and Joshua Daughters whose names are Sandra Machado, Kelly Cristina, Flavia Kurtz, and Celeste Aoki|
|Net worth||Around 100 million dollars|
|Playing position||Striker, winger and central forward|
|Social media presence||Facebook, Instagram and Twitter|
|Source of Income||Football Club salary and additional bonuses, endorsement, sponsorship and merchandise|
|Last Updated||January 2022|
Brazilian football icon Pele was born to a middle-class family in Brazil called Tres Coracoes. He was born to their father Joao Ramos and mother, Dona Celeste. His father was also a former Brazilian football player. Pele’s father and mother both are Brazilian internationals. Pele has a brother and a sister in his family. Pele’s Brother’s name is Zeca Nascimento and sister’s name is Maria Lucia Mancimento. His brother was also a professional footballer like his brother before he retired. Guided by his father, he would often spend his time playing in the backyard with his brother and friends when he was a small child.
Impressed by his football skills, Pele was selected in the former Brazilian football club Bauru Atletico Clube and in 1956 he joined the other Brazilian football club Santos FC where he made numerous records even as a young player. He played with the legendary number 10 on his jersey during his early days at Santos who was assigned the same jersey number 10 at his other club New York Cosmos. Likewise, he used Pele as his name in his club and his national team kit while he was playing football matches. Starting his career forward in his early playing days, he has made a beautiful success story in football.
Pele Age, Height, Weight, and Body Measurement
The three-time world cup winner was born on 23th day of October 1940, which makes him 81 years old now. (As per 2021) . Pele follows Christian as the religion and his Zodiac (horoscope) sign is Libra. According to his father, a former footballer himself, Pele used to enjoy playing football with the children in the playground. Pele was selected to play for the “B” team of the former Brazilian football club Bauru Atletico Clube. Since then Pele has been playing at a high level, making him a legendary player in this sport.
Pele has an average-sized and athletic body and he stands 5 feet 8 inches feet tall at the age of 81. He has evenly matched weight for a professional footballer, as he weighs around 165 pounds (75 kilograms) at normal. He has black colour eyes and black colour hair. Pele is very professional and takes very care of his body, training, and diet. He has a chest span of 44 inches and a waist of 34 inches. Likewise, his athletic biceps measure 13 inches and he wears a shoe size of 10 (US).
Pele Net Worth
Brazilian football legend Pele is worth around 100 million dollars to date. His major earnings constitute football Club salary and additional bonuses, endorsement, and sponsorship deals. Pele has made 92 appearances for his national team Brazil after his debut in 1957. He has also earned a significant salary playing for his national team during his playing days.
Brazilian footballer Pele also sold his house in New York, United States of America in a mega-deal worth more than two million dollars back in 2018. Pele also has made endorsement and merchandise deal with different companies and brands like Puma, Hublot, and Volkswagen. This net worth makes Pele one of the richest former football players globally. He also owns multiple extraordinary cars in his collection, such as Volkswagen and Porsche.
Who is Pele Wife?
Pele is married for the third time at present. His present wife is a businesswoman by profession and her name is Marcia Aoki. The lovely couple have known each other for a long time and have been married since 2014.
Pele was previously married to two women in the past, and their names are Rosemeri Dos Reis Cholbi and Assyria Lemos Seixas.
Pele has six children, and two of them are sons, and four are his daughters. His son’s names are Edinho and Joshua, and his daughter’s names are Sandra Machado, Kelly Cristina, Flavia Kurtz, and Celeste Aoki. He has a huge following on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. The Brazilian football icon also had kidney problems in the past. Pele was recently hospitalized due to his bad health, but he is in good condition.
Pele Style of Play and Playing Position
He is one of the legendary footballers of this generation having beautiful trophy collections in his career. In his prime, Pele was simply unstoppable due to deadly finishing inside and outside the box, passing accuracy, and dribbling qualities in every match.
He had excellent technical abilities and shooting skills. The Brazilian football legend was also excellent at crossing making chances for the strikers and defenders to head the ball into the opposition net. He also holds the world record to win three football world cups. He has played mostly as a striker and central forward and sometimes as a winger in his professional football career.
Pele is also quite active on social media like Instagram and Twitter. Footballer, he keeps updating the fans with pictures of his vacations in different places, family, and teammates, earning him huge fan followings worldwide. He uploads pictures with his cars, watches and children on social media.
Instagram: 8 million followers
Twitter: 2.7 million followers
Pele FIFA 22 rating
Pele is a retired professional footballer. He does not have a player rating in FIFA 22 as he is not playing for any club or the country anymore. Pele, however, has-icon FIFA cards in FIFA 22 game. He has a 98 overall rating and a central attacking midfielder as his preferred position in his FIFA 22 prime icon card.
Pele Early Career
- Born to a former footballer father and in a middle-class family, Pele was very passionate about football.
- Impressed by his talent early, his father took him to the former Brazilian football club Bauru Atletico Clube, where he spent a few years.
- He was soon transferred to another Brazilian football club Santos FC where he made his debut for the senior squad at just the age of 16.
Pele Professional Career (Playing from 1956-1977)
- Brazilian international Pele outscored every player and became the top scorer in the league in his second season with Santos FC in the 1957-58 season.
- During his time at the club, Pele made 636 appearances and scored 618 goals which is the highest in the club’s history.
- He won the league titles multiple times and other trophies in his 18 years long stay with the Brazilian football club.
- Pele played the final two years of his career for New York Cosmos, the former American football club where he made 64 appearances.
- Brazilian footballer Pele is the youngest goalscorer for his national team until now.
- Pele is the leading international goal scorer for the Brazilian national team as he has scored 77 goals in 92 appearances.
- Footballer, Pele is the only player in history to win three world cups that he won in 1958, 1962, and 1970.
Pele trophies and titles:
- Six times Brazilian league title winner with Santos FC.
- Two times Copa Libertadores and Intercontinental Cup winner with Santos FC.
- Intercontinental Supercup winner with Santos FC.
- Ten times Campeonato Paulista winner with Santos FC.
- Four times Torneio Rio Sau Paulo trophy winner with Santos FC.
- North American Soccer league winner with New York Cosmos.
- Atlantic conference championship winner with New York Cosmos.
- Three times world cup winner with Brazilian national team.
- Taca do Atlantico and Bernardo O’Higgins cup winner with Brazilian national team.
- Two times Roca cup winner with Brazilian national team.
- Three times Taca Oswaldo Cruz trophy winner with Brazilian national team.
Pele individual honors:
- Best young player award winner in FIFA world cup 1958.
- FIFA world cup golden ball winner in 1970.
- Named as the World Player of the century by IFFHS.
- Named as the FIFA player of the century.
- FIFA order of merit winner.
- Elected as brand ambassador by UNESCO.