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Pelé Net Worth

Pelé Net Worth is
$100 Million

Pelé Biography

Edson Arantes do Nascimento was born on 23 October 1940, in Minas Gerais, Brazil. He is a retired footballer regarded as the greatest player of all time. According to the International Federation of Football History and Statistics, he is the most successful league scorer of all time, holding the Guinness World Record for most goals in a football career. The success he had playing professionally propelled him to his current net worth.

How rich is Pele? Sources inform us of a net worth that is at $100 million as of early 2016, mostly acquired through his highly successful football career. After his retirement, he went on to do ambassadorial work for various organizations. He’s released documentaries and autobiographies which have also helped raise his finances.

Pele Net Worth $100 Million

Pele is the son of Fluminese footballer Dondinho; the name Edson was taken from inventor Thomas Edison. The name Pele came from a mispronunciation of Vasco de Gama goalkeeper Bile, and the nickname stuck with him despite having no real meaning. Living in poverty, Pele was not able to afford his own football, but he was taught by his father while he served at local tea shops to help with money. He played for local clubs during his youth and helped all of his clubs to reach championships. He even dominated the indoor football competition, Futebol de Salao.

In 1956, Pele was brought to industrial port city Santos, where he would try out for the professional club Santos FC. During try-outs, he impressed the coach and was given a professional contract at the young age of 15. He was highly promoted by the local media as a future superstar, and even then some called him the “greatest football player in the world”. He made an impressive performance in his debut match and by the following year he was put in a starting position. He went on to become the league’s top scorer, and was called to play for the Brazilian National Team.

Santos would win their first major tournament in 1958 at the Campeonato Paulista, a tournament in which Pele scored a record 58 goals. They were not able to defend in the following year, but in 1960 Pele helped them regain the title. In 1961, along with a successful Paulista defence, the club would also go on to win the Taca Brasil thanks largely to Pele’s performance. This allowed Santos to participate in the prestigious Copa Libertadores. His most successful year was 1962, where Pele and his club would win the Campeonato Paulista, Brasiliero, and the 1962 International Cup.

Pele’s international career was marked especially by Brazil winning the 1958 and 1962 World Cups, with Pele outstanding in both, the first at the age of 18 which really brought him to fame around the world. After the 1962 World Cup, many international clubs opted to sign him but the government declared him an “official national treasure” so that no one could take him away. Although literally fouled-out of the 1966 World Cup, the Brazilians and Pele were again on top form in Mexico in 1970, and won for a third time, thereby getting to keep the Jules Rimet trophy permanently.

Pele continued to play at the top of his form, and Santos took advantage of that, travelling around the world. Pele had become so popular that a civil war in Nigeria even agreed to a ceasefire so that they could watch him play. He had developed a following thanks to his extraordinary play and spectacular goals. In 1974, at his 19th season, Pele decided to retire from Brasilian football, only playing from time to time in competitive matches. Way past his prime, he signed with the New York Cosmos and helped develop awareness for the sport. In 1977, an exhibition match was played between Pele’s two teams, with him playing for the Cosmos in the first half and then the Santos for the second half.

Pele was married in 1966, and had two children from that marriage. It eventually ended in divorce in 1982, and he was linked with model Xuxa from 1981 to 1986. In 1994, he married gospel singer Assiria Lemos Seixas and they had twins, but they divorced in 2008. Aside from these relationships, Pele also has two other children from former affairs. He is now married to Marcia Aoki.

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Quick Facts

Net Worth$100 Million
Date Of Birth23 October 1940
Place Of BirthMinas Gerais, Brazil
Height1.73 m
Weight73 kg
ProfessionFootball Player
EducationMetropolitan University of Santos
NationalityBrazilian
SpouseAssíria Lemos Seixas (m. 1994 - 2008), Rosemeri dos Reis Cholbi (m. 1966 - 1982), Marcia Aoki
ChildrenEdson Cholbi Nascimento, Joshua Nascimento, Sandra Regina Arantes do Nascimento, Jennifer Nascimento, Kelly Cristina Nascimento, Celeste Nascimento, Flávia Christina Kurtz Nascimento
ParentsDondinho Nascimento
SiblingsZeca Nascimento, Maria Lúcia Nascimento
PartnerXuxa (1981 - 1986)
NicknamesEdson Arantes do Nascimento,
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/pele
Google+www.football-history.net/who-is-who/p/pele.htm
Wikipediahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pelé
AwardsFIFA 100 (2004), World Team of the 20th Century, South American Footballer of the Year,


Interesting Facts

#Fact
1(1997-) Sports Minister for Brazil
2His first name was given as Edison on his birth certificate, with a date of birth of October 21, 1940. However, Pelé has publicly claimed that he was born October 23, 1940, and the October 23 date is the most often journalistically cited date. Both Edison and Edson have been variously reported as his given first name.
3On August 1, 2010, it was publicly announced that Pelé was appointed Honorary President of the reincarnated New York Cosmos, who hoped to field a team in Major League Soccer for 2011 or 2012, but who instead will field their inaugural team in the second-tier North American Soccer League beginning with the 2013 season.
4In June 2006, Pelé appeared at the opening of the 2006 FIFA World Cup finals, alongside supermodel Claudia Schiffer.
5Pelé produced an international advertising campaign to promote Viagra and raise worldwide awareness of erectile dysfunction on behalf of drug company Pfizer.
6In 1995, Pelé was awarded Brazil's Gold Medal for outstanding services to sport; Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso appointed him to the position of "Extraordinary Minister for Sport." During his time as Minister for Sport, he proposed legislation to reduce corruption in Brazilian football, which when passed, became known as the "Pelé law." Pelé left government in 2001 after being accused of involvement in a corruption scandal, although nothing was proven, and the charges were further denied by UNICEF. In 1997, Pelé was honored by Queen Elizabeth II as an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire. In 2005, the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) bestowed their award for lifetime achievement on Pelé. In 2012, Pelé was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Edinburgh for "significant contribution to humanitarian and environmental causes, as well as his sporting achievements," his first such honorary degree from a European university.
7Since his retirement from active professional football play, one of his most notable roles has been as an ambassador for the United Nations. Beginning in 1992, Pelé has served as a UN ambassador for ecology and the environment. He was later appointed a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Goodwill Ambassador.
8His last professional playing appearance, which took place on October 1, 1977, was played in front of a capacity crowd at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. In that match, most unusually, he wore the jerseys of, and played for, both teams. He wore the jersey of his then present team, the New York Cosmos (1975-1977), for the first half of the game, and his original team, Santos (Brazil, 1956-1974) for the second half of the game. At halftime, the Cosmos retired Pelé's number 10. Pelé presented the Cosmos retirement jersey to his father, who was escorted from the stands to the field by Cosmos Captain Werner Roth.
9Pelé had a variety of public nick names during and after his professional playing days. His most frequently cited nick name, both inside and outside of Brazil, was "The Black Pearl," but he was also referred to as "The King of Football" (O Rei do Futebol), "The King Pelé" (O Rei Pelé), or simply "The King" (O Rei).
10In his native Brazil, Pelé continues to be hailed as a national hero, even though his retirement from professional play was in 1977 (over 35 years as of 2012). He is further known for his contributions to the game of football after his retirement, and is also acknowledged as an advocate for improving the the lot of the poor (after scoring his 1,000th goal, he dedicated it to the poor children of Brazil).
11Pelé has been, and continues to be, regarded by many experts, players, and fans as the best player of all time, with numerous awards and proclamations supporting this. In 1999, he was voted Football Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS). In the same year French weekly magazine France Football consulted their former Ballon D'Or winners to elect the Football Player of the Century, with Pelé coming in first place. He was selected "Athlete of the Century" by both the International Olympic Committee and the Reuters News Wire Service in 1999, and before that by French newspaper L'Équipe in 1981. For a brief period during his playing days, Pelé was the highest paid athlete in the world.
12Dutch artist Dick Brynestein made a drawing of him and called him Pietje Pele.
13Father, with 'Assíria', of twins named Joshua and Celeste.
14Brother of Maria Lúcia and Jair (called Zoca).
15Son of Celeste and João Ramos do Nascimento (died in 1996).
16Father, with journalist Lenita Kurtz, of Flávia Christina Kurtz.
17Had a daughter, with Anisia Machado, named Sandra Regina Machado do Nascimento (died of cancer in 2006). She was married to Oseás Felinto and had two sons named Otávio and Gabriel.
18Father, with Rosemary Cholbi, of a boy named Edson Cholbi Nascimento and two girls named Kelly Cristina and Jennifer.
19His jersey number, 10, has since been worn by many of soccer's top stars such as Ronaldinho Gaúcho, 'Zinedine Zidane' and Diego Maradona.
20During his professional career, he won two Intercontinental Cups and two Liberatadores Cups (both in 1962 and 1963) with Santos FC, his club from 1956 to 1974.
21Was named after Thomas A. Edison but was originally nicknamed "Dico" by his family.
22MMA legend Jose Landi-Jons was nicknamed "Pelé" after him. Landi-Jons never missed a Pelé soccer game and remembers every field action of his hero.
23Had a video game named after him back in the 1980s called "Pelé's Soccer".
24Over his entire career, he officially scored 1,284 goals in 1,363 matches. He played one game as a goalkeeper.
25Played for the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League from 1975-1977.
26He is the only player to have won three FIFA World Cup titles (1958, 1962, 1970).
27Played in 92 matches for Brazil and scored a remarkable 77 goals.
28Known as "Pérola Negra" (The black pearl).
29Pelé is by most people recognized as the world's greatest footballer ever and was named "Footballer of the Century" in 2000. He combined skill with great flair and understanding of the game, and he was invaluable to Brazil's national team.


Quotes

#Quote
1They don't love the game, they don't love the team" - on players who bring football into disrepute
2I am constantly being asked about individuals. The only way to win is as a team. Football is not about one or two or three star players.


Pictures

All Pelé pictures

Won Awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2005BambiBambi AwardsMilleniumFranz Beckenbauer
1983Honorary Camera '30 Years of TV'Golden Camera, Germany


Filmography

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pelé: Birth of a Legend2016Man Sitting in Hotel Lobby
Solidão, Uma Linda História de Amor1989
Hotshot1987Santos
Os Trapalhões e o Rei do Futebol1986Nascimento
Pedro Mico1985
A Minor Miracle1983Pelé
Victory1981Cpl. Luis Fernandez - Allied Soccer Player - The Players: Brazil
Os Trombadinhas1979
A Marcha1972Chico Bondade
O Barão Otelo no Barato dos Bilhões1971Dr. Arantes / Himself (as Edson Arantes do Nascimento)
Os Estranhos1969TV SeriesPlínio Pompeu

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Os Trapalhões e o Rei do Futebol1986story
Os Trombadinhas1979story

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pelé: Birth of a Legend2016executive producer
Os Trombadinhas1979producer

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Victory1981consultant: soccer - uncredited / designer: soccer plays

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pelé: Birth of a Legend2016very special thanks

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bobby2016/IDocumentaryHimself
Domingão do Faustão2015TV SeriesHimself
Fußball - Ein Leben: Franz Beckenbauer2015DocumentaryHimself
The Real Pelé2014TV SeriesHimself
30 for 30: Soccer Stories2014TV SeriesHimself
Pele: King of Football2014Video GameHimself
The Daily Show2014TV SeriesHimself
O Acre Existe2014DocumentaryPelé
FIFA Ballon d'Or 20132014TV MovieHimself - FIFA Ballon d'or Prix d'Honneur
Final Draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil2013TV MovieHimself
CQC: Custe o Que Custar2008-2013TV SeriesHimself
Espíritu de triunfo2012Himself
Fantástico2009-2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Gomorron2008-2012TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Brasiliens lag 1958
London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony: A Symphony of British Music2012TV MovieHimself
Santos 100 Anos de Futebol Arte2012DocumentaryHimself
Programa do Jô2011TV SeriesHimself
Bahêa Minha Vida: O Filme2011DocumentaryHimself
Preliminary Draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil2011TV MovieHimself
Nascemos para Cantar2010TV MovieHimself
Football's Greatest2010TV SeriesHimself
Go' aften Danmark2009TV SeriesHimself
Simonal - Ninguém Sabe o Duro que Dei2009DocumentaryHimself
Puskás Hungary2009DocumentaryHimself
In the Cutz2006TV Series
2006 FIFA World Cup2006TV Mini-SeriesHimself
The Art of Football from A to Z2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Breakfast2006TV SeriesHimself
More Than a Game: The Story of the World Cup2006TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
FIFA World Cup 2006: Final Draw2005TV MovieHimself
Mañanas informales2005TV SeriesHimself
La noche del 102005TV SeriesHimself
Wetten, dass..?2004TV SeriesHimself
Die Martins-Passion2004DocumentaryHimself
SportsCentury: The Century's Greatest Athletes2004TV SeriesHimself
Pelé Eterno2004DocumentaryHimself
Celebridade2004TV SeriesHimself
Først & sist2004TV SeriesHimself
A Pessoa É Para o Que Nasce2003DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
ESPN SportsCentury2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Sport Relief2002TV SpecialHimself
Pelé, Garrincha, Dieux du Brésil2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hero: The Bobby Moore Story2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Caiga quien caiga - CQC2001TV SeriesHimself
Mike Bassett: England Manager2001Himself
Panorama1998TV Series documentaryHimself
Golden Boots1998TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Futebol1998TV Series documentaryHimself
La peau du foot1997TV Movie documentary
Fantasy Football League1996TV SeriesHimself
História de Amor1995TV SeriesHimself
The Ball Is Round1994TV Movie documentary
Fotbolls-VM krönikan 19941994TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
De tú a tú1992TV SeriesHimself
Show Business1992TV SeriesHimself
TVLeezão1991TV SeriesHimself
The Late Show1986TV SeriesHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Huston1983TV SpecialHimself
Aranycsapat1982DocumentaryHimself (as Edson Arantes dos Nascimento - Pelé)
Stars1981TV SeriesHimself
Greatest Sports Legends1980TV SeriesHimself
Roberto Carlos Especial1977TV SeriesHimself
Il profeta del gol1976DocumentaryHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1973-1975TV SeriesHimself
Futebol Total1974DocumentaryHimself
Passe Livre1974DocumentaryHimself
Isto É Pelé1974DocumentaryHimself
Top à...1974TV SeriesHimself
IX FIFA World Cup 19701970TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Tostão - A Fera de Ouro1970DocumentaryHimself
Brasil Verdade1968DocumentaryHimself (segment "Subterrâneos do Futebol, Os")
VIII FIFA World Cup 19661966TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Il mondo di notte numero 31964DocumentaryHimself
O Rei Pelé1962Himself
O Preço da Vitória1959Himself

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Wimbledon2014TV SeriesHimself
Ilusión Nacional2014DocumentaryHimself
1002 Momentos de la tele2012-2013TV SeriesHimself
Las tragedias de los famosos2011TV SeriesHimself
Football Focus2011TV SeriesHimself
Rättskiparen2010Documentary shortHimself
50 años de2010TV SeriesHimself
Por Toda Minha Vida2008TV SeriesHimself
Dare to Dream: The Story of the U.S. Women's Soccer Team2007TV MovieHimself (uncredited)
Cartola - Música Para os Olhos2007Video documentaryHimself
La tele de tu vida2007TV SeriesHimself
O Ano em Que Meus Pais Saíram de Férias2006Himself
World Cup Goals Galore2006TV MovieHimself
Legenden2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos2006DocumentaryHimself
Fantástico 30 Anos - Grandes Reportagens2004Video documentaryHimself
60 Minutes2004TV Series documentaryHimself - Soccer Player (segment "Freddy Adu")
I Love the '70s2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Jim McKay: My World in My Words2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Story of Football2002Video documentaryHimself - 1970 World Cup Final
Match of the Seventies1995-1996TV SeriesHimself
Kicking & Screaming1995TV Series documentaryHimself
Pelé!1993Video GameHimself
Fame in the Twentieth Century1993TV Series documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Who's the Greatest?1990Video documentaryHimself
20 Jahre Fußball WM1990Video documentaryHimself
Greatest Goals1987VideoHimself - Brasil Player
Summer of '661986TV SeriesHimself
Goal! The World Cup1966DocumentaryHimself
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