Pele is a legendary football player from Brazil who is known as the greatest soccer player of all time. He has been named as the “Athlete of the Century” and has scored 1281 goals in 1363 games. During his career span, he has won three FIFA World Cups for Brazil. They came in the year 1958, 1962 and 1970. He is an all-around star and has been an icon to many in the world. The estimated net worth of Pele is $110 million US dollars. He started his career in 1953 and achieved many feats in his life. Pele is a global ambassador for football and is known to connect the phrase “The Beautiful Game” with football.
The real name of Pele is Edson Arantes do Nascimento. He was born on October 23, 1940, in Minas Gerais, Brazil. His parents were Dohdinho, a football player, and Celeste Arantes. He was the eldest of three children and was named after Thomas Edison. He was nicknamed as ‘Dico’ by his family. Pele grew up in Bauru, Sao Paolo. He used to work as a servant in a tea shop as he grew up in poverty.
He was taught to play football by his father and used a grapefruit as a ball. When he was young, he played football for several amateur football teams like São Paulinho, Amériquinha, Sete de Setembro, and Canto does Rio. During his mid-teen, he used to play for Radium. He was the part of the first indoor football in Bauru and was also on the team to win the first championship. When he was 14, he used to play football with adults. Although he was considered too young to play, he always used to end up as the top scorer player.
Pele got married to Rosemeri dos Reis Cholbi in February 1966. They had three children and the couple divorced in 1982. He married gospel singer Assíria Lemos Seixas in 1994. They had twins in 1996. In 2008, their marriage came to an end. He again decided to get married to Marcia Aoki when he was 73 years old.
In 1956, Pele was signed with the club Santos FC. He made his debut at the age of 15, and eventually scored a goal to lead his team to victory. At 16, he was included in the Brazil National Team. His first international match was against Argentina in July 1957. Top European clubs like Real Madrid, Manchester United and Juventus tried to sign him, but the then President of Brazil, Jânio Quadros stated Pele as ‘official national treasure’. He was the youngest player in the 1958 FIFA World Cup. Pele scored two goals in the final that led Brazil to lift the trophy of World Cup against Sweden.
He scored 47 goals in 1960 to win the Campeonato Paulista. He signed with the New York Cosmos for the 1975 season. Brazil won their second World Cup title in 1962 against Czechoslovakia and Pele was the most rated player in the world then. He scored the opening goal in the 1970 World Cup against Italy and Brazil won the title with a score of 4-1. His last international match was in July 1971 against Yugoslavia.
Pele is considered as one of the best football player ever. He was voted as World Player of the Century in 1999 by IFFHS. He has achieved several other feats. He is the Guinness World Record holder for most FIFA World Cup medals. He was given the FIFA Player of the Century in 2000. He also got the FIFA Ballon d’Or Prix d’Honneur in 2013. He has been given several other honors and designations for his contribution to football.
Net Worth Of Pele in 2017
When he was active in sports, Pele used to be the highest paid athlete. He is also one of the greatest scorers of all time. Being a retired football player who has netted 760 goals, Pele has made quite a fortune. Pele’s estimated net worth is $110 million US dollars as of 2017. His fortune comes from the various teams he was associated with, which also includes the Brazilian football team. He has also featured in several documentaries, published autobiographies and created musical pieces. He has also endorsed brands like Golazo.
Even after his retirement, Pele has continued to guide other players and coaches. He has assisted his team in the various editions of World Cup. Time magazine named him as 100 Most Important People of the 20th century. He was appointed as the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.