Hailed as the greatest footballer of all time, Pele indeed is a legend. He has received several honors and has successfully represented his country, Brazil when he was an active player. He has done many other ventures and has also played youth football. He has broken records and has maintained a legacy in football. Here is a quick summary of net worth, career, and earnings of Pele in 2020.
Early Life & Biography
Born as Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Pele’s father, Dondinho was also a footballer. His mother, Celeste Arantes gave birth to him in Minas Gerais, Brazil, in 1940. He was called “Pele” when he was in school although he was called “Dico” by his family members. He was raised in São Paulo and used to play football with a ball stuffed with newspaper.
Pele was very much devoted to the game of football right from an early age. A young Pele was raised in poverty but has twice won the youth championships of Sao Paolo. Not much is known about his educational profile, but it has been reported that he went to the Metropolitan University of Santos for his college education.
Pele has got several children from different relationships. From 1966 to 1982, he was married to Rosemeri Cholbi. Their relationship produced Kelly Cristina and Edinho. He had romantic relationships with Flavia Cavalcanti Rebelo and Xuxa. From 1994 to 2008, he was married to Assira Lemos. They are the parents of Celeste and Joshua. His maid, Anizia Machado, gave to Sandra from her relationship with him. Flávia was born to Lenita Kurtz through their relationship. In 2014, he married Marcia Cibele Aoki.
Career, Award & Nominations
Pele began his career by playing for the club, Santos FC. He was so determined that at the age of 15 years, he made his senior debut. At 16, he became the league’s top scorer. He later joined his national team. In 1958, he became the winner of Campeonato Paulista. In 1962, he won the Intercontinental Cup for Santos. He retired temporarily and joined New York Cosmos in 1974.
As an international player, Pele’s first match was against Argentina in 1957. In 1958, he scored two goals at the FIFA World Cup finals and won the title that year. He was named as the “Best Player” of the South American Championship in 1959. Pele was also a part of the winning team of the 1962 World Cup. In 1966, he went on to become the three successive winners of the World Cup.
He won the Golden Ball at the 1970 World Cup where Brazil defeated Italy. His last international match came in 1971 when he played against Yugoslavia. In 1999, he was voted as the World Player of the Century by International Federation of Football History & Statistics. Even after football, he was active in several endeavors and was appointed as the Extraordinary Minister for Sport of Brazil. In 2018, he was bestowed with the FWA Tribute Award.
Net Worth & Earnings
Could you imagine how much would be the net of a person who is the best footballer ever in the world? From receiving several honours to setting several records, he has achieved it all. His net worth is $120 million and thanks to his magnificent career as a footballer for this fortune. Even after football, he released many autobiographies and was the “best-paid” athlete as an active footballer. He has also done commercial and acting ventures.
Pele is indeed the greatest footballer of all time. He has scored a total of 1281 goals from 1363 games in his international career. He has received honors from several countries like England and France. He is a legend and his name is synonymous with the game of football.