Football Player
Born Oct 23, 1940
Hometown Três Corações
Died Nov 11, 2011
Team Brazil + Bauru At...
Position Attacking midfielder
Height 5' 7¾" (17...
Nationality Brazilian

Edison Arantes do Nascimento, known by his nickname Pelé, is a retired Brazilian footballer. He is widely regarded as the best football player of all time. In 1999, he was voted Football Player of the Century by the IFFHS International Federation of Football History and Statistics. In the same year French weekly magazine France-Football consulted their former "Ballon D'Or" winners to elect the Football Player of the Century. Pelé came in first place.… Read More

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  • Assira Lemos
    Married 1994 - 2008
  • Assiria
    Married 1994
  • Xuxa
    Dated 1981 - 1986
  • Rosemeri Cholby
    Married 1958 - 1978
  • Anizia Machado


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  • Dondinho


  • Sandra Regina Arantes do Nascimento
    Sandra Regina Arantes do Nascimento


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1940 Birth Born on October 23, 1940.


1954 13 Years Old Pelé played in Bauru. He led Bauru Athletic Club juniors (coached by Waldemar de Brito) to three consecutive São Paulo state youth championships between 1954 and 1956. … Read More
In 1956, de Brito took Pelé to Santos, an industrial and port city in the state of São Paulo, to try out for professional club Santos FC, telling the directors at Santos that the 15-year-old would be "the greatest football player in the world."
1957 16 Years Old 1 More Event
When the 1957 season started, Pelé was given a starting place in the first team and, at the age of 16, became the top scorer in the league. … Read More
Pelé arrived in Sweden sidelined by a knee injury but on his return from the treatment room, his colleagues closed ranks and insisted upon his selection. His first match was against the USSR in the third match of the first round of the 1958 FIFA World Cup, where he gave the assist to Vavá's second goal. … Read More


1961 - 1963 3 More Events
1966 25 Years Old 1 More Event
The 1966 World Cup in England was marked, among other things, for the brutal fouling on Pelé, by the Bulgarian and Portuguese defenders. … Read More
1969 28 Years Old Pelé was called to the national team in early 1969, he refused at first, but then accepted and played in six World Cup qualifying matches, scoring six goals.
The 1970 World Cup in Mexico was to be Pelé's last. … Read More


1971 30 Years Old …  A national league championship, the Campeonato Brasileiro, was first played in 1971, alongside traditional state and interstate competitions such as the Campeonato Paulista and the Torneio Rio-São Paulo. … Read More
1977 36 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He led the Cosmos to the 1977 NASL championship, in his third and final season with the club. … Read More


1981 40 Years Old From 1981 to 1986, Pelé was romantically linked with the model Xuxa, and was seen as influential in launching her career; she was 17 when they started to date.


1992 51 Years Old The most notable area of Pelé's life since football is his ambassadorial work. In 1992, Pelé was appointed a UN ambassador for ecology and the environment.
1994 53 Years Old 1 More Event
In April 1994 Pelé married psychologist and gospel singer Assíria Lemos Seixas, who gave birth on 28 September 1996 to twins Joshua and Celeste through fertility treatments. … Read More
1995 54 Years Old He was awarded Brazil's Gold Medal for outstanding services to the sport in 1995; Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso appointed him to the position of Extraordinary Minister for Sport, and he was appointed a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. … Read More
1997 56 Years Old In 1997, Pelé received an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire from Queen Elizabeth II, at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace.


2001 - 2005 3 More Events
2007 66 Years Old In November 2007, Pelé was in Sheffield, England to mark the 150th anniversary of the world's oldest football club, Sheffield F.C.. … Read More
2009 68 Years Old In 2009, he cooperated with Ubisoft on arcade football game Academy of Champions: Soccer for the Wii and appeared in the game as a coach to its players.
In 2010, he was named the Honorary President of the New York Cosmos. … Read More
In February 2012, Legends 10 began handling the Pelé brand and brought all marketing and management efforts under one roof, including all intellectual property rights, global licensing, branding, endorsements, and public appearances.
In 2013 he received the FIFA Ballon d'Or Prix d'Honneur in recognition of his career and achievements as a global icon of football.
Pele's daughter dies of cancer at 42 Retrieved 3 February 2014Pele misses funeral of "daughter he never wanted" Retrieved 3 February 2014Daughter who sued Pele dies of cancer at 42 Retrieved 3 February 2014 Although she was recognized by courts as his daughter based on DNA evidence in 1993, Pelé never acknowledged his eldest daughter even after her death, in 2006, nor her two children, Octavio and Gabriel.
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