(biography, photos, videos) Edson Arantes do Nascimento

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  • Name: Pele ( Edson Arantes do Nascimento )
  • Date of birth: 23 October 1940
  • Age: 76 years
  • Place of birth: três corações, Brazil
  • Height: 173
  • Activities: soccer, Minister, actor, broadcaster, newscaster
  • Marital status: married

    Pele: a biography

    Pele, whose real name Edson Arantes do Nascimento, the legendary Brazilian footballer, who played for the clubs Santos and «new York Cosmos». Became a symbol of the generation of players 50-60 years after the three times champion of the world. Still this record was not beaten. Version of the Football Federation and the International Olympic Committee voted Pele the best athlete of the XX century.

    Future star of world football was born in 1940 in the small Brazilian town of três corações, in the state of Minas Gerais. His family was very poor and the ball was, perhaps, the only available children’s entertainment. The boy’s father, who was called Dondinho in the past and he was a wizard of the game of millions, and that he was the first person who showed Up the basic elements of football.

    When the child was seven years old, he was taken to a local children’s team. It was then that he received his nickname Pele, however, now the player doesn’t remember why and what it meant. The coach, seeing the speed of a young player, immediately put him in the attack line. After a few years the section was headed by the former player of the national team of Brazil with the Cabinet de Brito, who spoke about the promising teenager mentors famous club Santos of Sao Paulo. Soon Pele signed his first professional contract at age 15, made his debut for the main squad.

    Professional career

    First game as a professional footballer Pele held in September 1956, that is almost 16 years old. He came out against the giants of Brazilian football club «Corinthians», and immediately scored a goal. Just for Santos, the phenomenal player he played 19 and scored almost 650 goals. This efficiency has helped pelé become 11 times champion, 6 times to win the Cup several times to win on the international stage.

    After Santos, Pele moved to the us club Cosmos new York. This transfer made a splash in the world, as European football in the U.S. then it was not popular. But the King, as by that time it was called Pele, his game attracted fans to the stadiums. According to statistics, during the performance of the Brazilian striker in America, attendance has grown more than ten times.

    Experts have many times tried to analyze the phenomenon of Pele. In the end, all agree to the fact that he had a collection of unusual physique and incredible desire to achieve results. The fact that the player had an innate talent no doubt, but he was also for hours worked on dribbling and shots on goal already after all the teammates go home.

    Pele’s technique for its time was really sensational. He alone was able to wrap more than half of the players from the opponent’s camp and just punch in the corner. In this way he scored a few times, and one of these dreamingof in the match against Fluminense led to a goal, is named best in the century. At the stadium «Maracana» even a memorial sign in honor of this event. Just for a career, pelé scored 1281 goals in gate of rivals Santos, Cosmos and Brazil.

    After football

    The popularity of the athlete was so extraordinary that when he wrote and published his autobiography «I am Pele,» many of his compatriots who previously could not read, began to learn the instrument, to read the memoir.

    The Brazilian government decided to use the widest known football player, and in the 90-ies he was appointed to the post of Minister on Affairs of youth, tourism and sports. In this field, Pele was able to push the law that now bears his name, which Brazilian football has been significantly reduced corruption. He was also the Ambassador of goodwill and a lot of effort and money spent on promotion and propaganda of sports and healthy lifestyle.

    Realized a person and as a businessman. For example, worldwide known for his signature brand of coffee «Cafe Pele». Several times he acted as a commentator, TV host and even a singer of original songs. But the most famous Pele after his career as an actor.


    More than 50 paintings Pele played himself. For example, such was the fantasy Comedy «Tycoon Othello and billions of dollars in deals,» the comic strip «the Tramp and the king of football» and sports drama «Price of victory». But there are about a dozen movies where he played as a professional actor.

    Out of them are romance «set in motion», crime drama «the Thieves» family history, «Little miracle,» a war film «Victory». The huge success of the biographical project «Pele: birth of a legend», tells of the childhood and adolescence of the famous player. This movie was released in the spring of 2016.

    Personal life

    Great resonance in the society caused the recognition of Pele that first sexual experience at the age of 14 was a homosexual. But the player insists that his time among adolescents such were considered almost commonplace. Moreover, in the future, people adhered to exclusively heterosexual relationships.

    The first time Pele married in 1966 in Rosemeri DOS Reis Cholbi and lived with his wife of 16 years. During this time the family had three children, one of whom, Edinho, he became a professional football goalkeeper Santos. However, a few years ago, he was sentenced to 33 years in prison for drug trafficking.

    After my divorce, my Pele was a long affair with a Brazilian singer and model Maria and grace, Meneghel, more known under the name of Shusha. They met when the girl was only 17 years old and many believe that Pele was the cause of her promotion in show business.

    The second time the footballer married in 1994. His new wife was a psychologist and a singer in the style of gospel Assyria Lemos Seixas. They had twins Joshua and Celeste, but this marriage has a crack after 14 years of existence. In addition, the athlete has two illegitimate daughters by different women.

    At the age of 73 years old Pele went back down the aisle with Marcia Aoki. The woman was of mixed Brazilian and Japanese origin and has been supplying medical equipment to South America. She was younger than her husband for 30 years.


    • 1971 — Magnat Othello and billion dollar transactions
    • 1972 — to set in motion
    • 1979 — Pickpockets
    • 1981 — Victory
    • 1983 — a Small miracle
    • 1985 Pedro Mico
    • 1986 — Accurate shot
    • 1986 — the Tramp and the king of football
    • 1989 — Loneliness, a beautiful love story
    • 2016 — pelé: birth of a legend



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