Edson Arantes do Nascimento Brazilian Portuguese 23 October 1940 – 29 December 2022, known as Pelé Portuguese pronunciation, was a Brazilian professional footballer who played as a forward.
Regarded as one of the greatest players of all time and labelled “the greatest” by FIFA, he was among the most successful and popular sports figures of the 20th century.
In 1999, he was named Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee and was included in the Time list of the 100 most important people of the 20th century.
In 2000, Pelé was voted World Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics IFFHS and was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the Century.
Pelé Children: Meet Edinho, Sandra Regina Arantes do Nascimento, Joshua Nascimento, Celeste Nascimeto, Kelly Cristina Nascimento, Flavia Christina Kurtz Nascimento, Jennifer Nascimento.
In 1966, Pelé married Rosemeri dos Reis Cholbi. They had two daughters and one son: Kelly Cristina (born 13 January 1967), who married Dr. Arthur DeLuca, Jennifer, and their son Edson.
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.
Pelé had at least two more children from former affairs. Sandra Machado, who was born from an affair Pelé had in 1964 with a housemaid, Anizia Machado, fought for years to be acknowledged by Pelé, who refused to submit to DNA tests.
Pelé finally relented after a court-ordered DNA test proved she was his daughter; Machado died of cancer in 2006. Pelé also had another daughter, Flávia Kurtz, in an extramarital affair in 1968 with journalist Lenita Kurtz.