Pele Biography: Early life, Age, Career, Family, Death and other details

Pele, one of the greatest of all time, passes away at the age of 82 on 30th December 2022. His agent confirms his death.
Pele: 'The Greatest' titled by FIFA
Pele: 'The Greatest' titled by FIFA

Popularly known as Pele or Edson, Arantes do Nascimento was in the hospital and had been battling cancer since November. 

His family spent Christmas with him while he was still admitted as his health condition worsened. 

He passed away at age of 82 on 30th December 2022. His agent Joe Fraga confirms his death.

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Due to Pele's health condition, his family decided to spend this Christmas in the hospital with him when the daughter of Brazilian soccer legend Pele, Kely Cristina do Nascimento, hospital posted on Instagram late Friday an emotional tribute and a photo of her father at the Albert Einstein Jewish Hospital in São Paulo.


"Time flies... (but) happy moments are eternal," 


Source: Kely Cristina Do Nascimento Instagram

Source: Instagram

 The image showed Pele next to his daughters Kely Cristina , Jennifer, and Flavia.


"Our Christmas at home has been suspended," Nascimento wrote in a post on Wednesday. "We decided with the doctors that, for several reasons, it would be better for us to stay (in the hospital), with all the care that this new family ... Einstein gives us!".


The 82-year-old was admitted on November 29 for a respiratory infection and "re-evaluation of chemotherapy treatment on colon cancer identified in September 2021," according to a hospital statement. The hospital earlier this week reported that Pele's health had worsened and that he would now require further care due to the progression of cancer. 

The 82-year-old icon Pele was going through treatment for a colon tumor, and the legendary footballer has been undergoing regular chemotherapy since the time he was diagnosed with colon cancer last year.

Edson Arantes do Nascimento or popularly known as Pele and was born on October 23, 1940, in Três Corações, Brazil.  Titled 'the greatest' by FIFA.

The Brazilian football player is a national treasure and one of the best-paid athletes in the world since the start of his era.   The football player was part of many Brazilian national teams that won three World Cup championships in 1958, 1962, and 1970.


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Pele: Biography


23 October 1940 (age 82 years), Três Corações, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil


30 December 2022

Full name

Edson Arantes do Nascimento


Marcia Aoki (m. 2016), Assíria Nascimento (m. 1994–2008), Rosemeri dos Reis Cholbi (m. 1966–1982)


Edinho, Sandra Regina Arantes do Nascimento, MORE


10 (New York Cosmos / Forward), 10 (Santos FC / Forward)


1.73 m

Career end

1 October 1977

Early life

  • Pele was named after the inventor and world-famous scientist Thomas Edison, though his parents removed the i. 
  • The name which is chanted by many was acquired by him when he was. a child was teased by this nickname because he mispronounced the name of a goalkeeper ‘Bile’ once. He used to dislike this name very much.
  • Pele saw days of poverty while growing up in São Paulo. 
  • His father who used to play football taught Pele everything he knows now. They couldn't afford a football so they used to play with a paper-stuffed sock.  
  •  Pele also worked as a waiter in local tea shops.
  • Pele played in indoor leagues in his youth, and eventually at the age of 15 was signed by Santos FC.
  •  By the age of 16, the legendary footballer was the top scorer in the Brazilian league. 
  • Pele received a call from the Brazilian national side.
  • The Brazilian President declared Pele a national treasure so that foreign clubs such as Manchester United wouldn't sign him.


  • Later in his football career, Pele went on to score over 1,000 goals in professional games. 
  • On 19 November 1969 at Vasco da Gama in Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium Pele scored his remarkable 1000th.
  • Pele's strike rate in international games was one of the highest ever.
  • In 1977 Pele completed his career and retired after he led the New York Cosmos in the direction of the US title.  

Personal life

  • The Brazilian football player, Pele got married thrice and is a father to several children. 
  • Pele, in the 1970s, was investigated by the authoritarian Brazilian government as there was a suspicion that he was in sympathy with left-wing political prisoners. 
  • Post retiring Pele went on to be a great ambassador for football and sport in general. 
  • Pelé was appointed a UN ambassador for ecology and the environment in 1992.
  • Pele has also been appointed a UNESCO goodwill ambassador. 

The footballer was not only one of the most gifted athletes of his generation but also a mild-mannered man who used his fame and prestige for a positive effect.


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