|Real Name/Full Name:||Edson Arantes do Nascimento|
|Age:||81 years old|
|Birth Date:||23 October 1940|
|Birth Place:||Tres Coracoes, Minas Gerais, Brazil|
|Wife/Spouse (Name):||Marcia Aoki (m. 2016), Assíria Nascimento (m. 1994–2008), Rosemeri dos Reis Cholbi (m. 1966–1978)|
|Children/Kids (Son and Daughter):||Yes 7|
|Is Pele Gay?:||No|
|Profession:||Retired professional footballer|
|Net Worth in 2021:||$110 million|
|Last Updated:||December 2021|
Pele is a retired professional footballer from Brazil who played as a forward. The famous former footballer is regarded as the greatest player of all time. He was voted World Player of the Century in 1999 by the International Federation of Football History $ Statistics (IFFHS).
The same year, he was one of the two winners who jointly won the FIFA Player of the Century Award. He was elected the Athlete of the Century in 1999 by the International Olympic Committee. During the active career days of Pele, he was for a period named as the best-paid athlete in the world.
Maybe you know about Pele very well, but do you know how old and tall is he and what is his net worth in 2021? If you do not know, we have prepared this article about details of Pele’s short biography-wiki, career, professional life, personal life, today’s net worth, age, height, weight, and more facts. Well, if you’re ready, let’s start.
Early Life & Biography
Pele was born in Tres Coracoes, Minas Gerais, Brazil, to footballer Dondinho and Celeste Arantes. He was the eldest of the couple’s two children, and he received his nickname Pele when he was in school. Pele grew up in poverty in Bauru. He used to make extra money by working as a servant in tea shops.
He was taught how to play football by his father since he was a child, and though he could not get a proper football, he used to make one using old socks and newspapers, and then tie them using a string. He played for different amateur teams and even participated in junior championships.
He played indoor football, and he always said it is much more challenging than outdoor. He accredits it to help him become faster and efficient in the field. When he was 14 years old, he was allowed to play indoor football with adults, and this boosted his confidence.
Pele has walked down the aisle three times. His first marriage was to Rosemeri dos Reis Cholbi in 1966, and they had two daughters. They divorced in 1982. From 1981 to 1986, the footballer was dating Xuxa, who worked as a television presenter who was only 17 when they started dating.
Pele married his second wife, who was a gospel singer and a psychologist in 1994. The couple had twins born in 1996, and they divorced and went separate ways in 2008. His third and final marriage took place in July 2016, and it was to 41-year-old Japanese-Brazilian Marcia Aoki.
Pele had one of his kidneys removed in 1977. He had a hip operation in 2012, and in 2018 he collapsed from exhaustion and was taken to the hospital. He later underwent surgery to remove kidney stones.
Age, Height, and Weight
Being born on 23 October 1940, Pele is 81 years old as of today’s date 22nd December 2021. His height is 1.73m tall, and his weight is 84 kg.
The professional career of Pele started when he was 15 years old, and he joined Santos Football Club in 1956. He joined the senior team at the age of 15, and his first match was against Corinthians Santo Andre, and that is where he scored his first goal. At the age of 16, Pele was already the best scorer in the league.
He was called to the Brazilian team in 1957, and after the 1958 and 1962World Cup, he became the most hunted player. Wealthy European clubs tried to sign Pele, but they were not successful. In 1961 the government of Brazil declared Pele a national treasure to prevent him from transferring out of the country. Pele retired from Santos in 1974, and after two years, he was signed by New York Cosmos.
The first match Pele played on his international career was against Argentina in 1957. Other appearances were in the 1958 World Cup, South American Championship, and 1970, 1966, and 1962 world Cups.
After retiring from football, Pele was appointed to positions including the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, and Extraordinary Minister for Sports. He was also appointed the UN ambassador for ecology and environment in1992.
Awards & Achievements
Over the span of his career, Pele has achieved more than any other sportsman has ever achieved. His accolades are not countable, but some of his most notable ones include Athlete of the Century, World Sports Award, international Peace Award, and many others. He was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1993.
Net Worth & Salary of Pele in 2021
Pele is a soccer legend who started off as a professional player when he was 15 years old. Through those years, he has accumulated a net worth of $110 million as of December 2021. He has gotten all this from his career in football. He also had several endorsement deals with top brands even after his retirement from professional football.
Pele was taught how to play football by his father, who was also a footballer. He did not have the necessary training facilities, but that did not stop him from achieving his full potential and finally became the best footballer in the world.