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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 23 October 1940Três Corações, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Birth NameEdson Arantes do Nascimento
Nicknames The Black Pearl
The King Pelé
The King of Football
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Simply he was, and for many people still is, the greatest football player of the world. Not a single thing was impossible for him: he won three World Cup with his National Team of Brazil (Sweden 1958, Chile 1962, Mexico 1970). He scored more than 1.200 goals during his long career (more than 1.300 official matches). He also won many national Leagues and Continental Cup ("Copa Libertadores"), with his team, the Santos Futebol Clube (of Brazilian 'São Paulo' State). In the Sixties he was nick-named "O Rei" (The King) and in the Seventies 95 peoples out of 100 knew his name. ("Wow, man, you're popular!" said Robert Redford, some years ago, after seeing Pelé give dozens of autographs in New York while he was not asked for one). In the late 1960's, when he and his team, Santos, went to Nigeria to play a few friendly matches, the ongoing civil war stopped for the duration of his visit. He finished his career in the New York Cosmos, in 1977. Now he is a United Nation's Ambassador and has been also Minister for Sports in his country, but, for the people who saw him make magics with his right foot, he is, now and forever, the biggest footballer in the world, and the one and only "King".

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Sergio D'Afflitto <sergio.dafflitto@iname.com>

Spouse (2)

Assiria (30 April 1994 - 2008) (divorced) (2 children)
Rosemary Cholbi (1966 - 1978) (divorced) (3 children)

Trivia (29)

Pelé is by most people recognized as the world's greatest footballer ever and was named "Footballer of the Century" in 2000. He combined skill with great flair and understanding of the game, and he was invaluable to Brazil's national team.
Known as "Pérola Negra" (The black pearl).
Played in 92 matches for Brazil and scored a remarkable 77 goals.
He is the only player to have won three FIFA World Cup titles (1958, 1962, 1970).
Played for the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League from 1975-1977.
Over his entire career, he officially scored 1,284 goals in 1,363 matches. He played one game as a goalkeeper.
Had a video game named after him back in the 1980s called "Pelé's Soccer".
MMA legend Jose Landi-Jons was nicknamed "Pelé" after him. Landi-Jons never missed a Pelé soccer game and remembers every field action of his hero.
Was named after Thomas A. Edison but was originally nicknamed "Dico" by his family.
During his professional career, he won two Intercontinental Cups and two Liberatadores Cups (both in 1962 and 1963) with Santos FC, his club from 1956 to 1974.
His jersey number, 10, has since been worn by many of soccer's top stars such as Ronaldinho Gaúcho, 'Zinedine Zidane' and Diego Maradona.
Father, with Rosemary Cholbi, of a boy named Edson Cholbi Nascimento and two girls named Kelly Cristina and Jennifer.
Had a daughter, with Anisia Machado, named Sandra Regina Machado do Nascimento (died of cancer in 2006). She was married to Oseás Felinto and had two sons named Otávio and Gabriel.
Father, with journalist Lenita Kurtz, of Flávia Christina Kurtz.
Son of Celeste and João Ramos do Nascimento (died in 1996).
Brother of Maria Lúcia and Jair (called Zoca).
Father, with 'Assíria', of twins named Joshua and Celeste.
Dutch artist Dick Brynestein made a drawing of him and called him Pietje Pele.
Pelé has been, and continues to be, regarded by many experts, players, and fans as the best player of all time, with numerous awards and proclamations supporting this. In 1999, he was voted Football Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS). In the same year French weekly magazine France Football consulted their former Ballon D'Or winners to elect the Football Player of the Century, with Pelé coming in first place. He was selected "Athlete of the Century" by both the International Olympic Committee and the Reuters News Wire Service in 1999, and before that by French newspaper L'Équipe in 1981. For a brief period during his playing days, Pelé was the highest paid athlete in the world.
In his native Brazil, Pelé continues to be hailed as a national hero, even though his retirement from professional play was in 1977 (over 35 years as of 2012). He is further known for his contributions to the game of football after his retirement, and is also acknowledged as an advocate for improving the the lot of the poor (after scoring his 1,000th goal, he dedicated it to the poor children of Brazil).
Pelé had a variety of public nick names during and after his professional playing days. His most frequently cited nick name, both inside and outside of Brazil, was "The Black Pearl," but he was also referred to as "The King of Football" (O Rei do Futebol), "The King Pelé" (O Rei Pelé), or simply "The King" (O Rei).
His last professional playing appearance, which took place on October 1, 1977, was played in front of a capacity crowd at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. In that match, most unusually, he wore the jerseys of, and played for, both teams. He wore the jersey of his then present team, the New York Cosmos (1975-1977), for the first half of the game, and his original team, Santos (Brazil, 1956-1974) for the second half of the game. At halftime, the Cosmos retired Pelé's number 10. Pelé presented the Cosmos retirement jersey to his father, who was escorted from the stands to the field by Cosmos Captain Werner Roth.
Since his retirement from active professional football play, one of his most notable roles has been as an ambassador for the United Nations. Beginning in 1992, Pelé has served as a UN ambassador for ecology and the environment. He was later appointed a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Goodwill Ambassador.
In 1995, Pelé was awarded Brazil's Gold Medal for outstanding services to sport; Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso appointed him to the position of "Extraordinary Minister for Sport." During his time as Minister for Sport, he proposed legislation to reduce corruption in Brazilian football, which when passed, became known as the "Pelé law." Pelé left government in 2001 after being accused of involvement in a corruption scandal, although nothing was proven, and the charges were further denied by UNICEF. In 1997, Pelé was honored by Queen Elizabeth II as an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire. In 2005, the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) bestowed their award for lifetime achievement on Pelé. In 2012, Pelé was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Edinburgh for "significant contribution to humanitarian and environmental causes, as well as his sporting achievements," his first such honorary degree from a European university.
Pelé produced an international advertising campaign to promote Viagra and raise worldwide awareness of erectile dysfunction on behalf of drug company Pfizer.
In June 2006, Pelé appeared at the opening of the 2006 FIFA World Cup finals, alongside supermodel Claudia Schiffer.
On August 1, 2010, it was publicly announced that Pelé was appointed Honorary President of the reincarnated New York Cosmos, who hoped to field a team in Major League Soccer for 2011 or 2012, but who instead will field their inaugural team in the second-tier North American Soccer League beginning with the 2013 season.
His first name was given as Edison on his birth certificate, with a date of birth of October 21, 1940. However, Pelé has publicly claimed that he was born October 23, 1940, and the October 23 date is the most often journalistically cited date. Both Edison and Edson have been variously reported as his given first name.
(1997-) Sports Minister for Brazil

Personal Quotes (2)

I am constantly being asked about individuals. The only way to win is as a team. Football is not about one or two or three star players.
They don't love the game, they don't love the team" - on players who bring football into disrepute

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