Pelé Biography, Net Worth, Age, Career, Real Name, Children, Cause Of Death

Pele Biography Net Worth Age Career Real Name Children Cause Of Death
Pele Biography Net Worth Age Career Real Name Children Cause Of Death

Who Was Pele?

Pelé whose real name is Edson Arantes does Nascimento was a Brazilian professional footballer who played as a forward. Considered one of the greatest players of all time and tagged “the greatest” by FIFA, he was among the most successful and distinguished sports figures of the 20th century.

Pelé Age

He was 82 years old when he died.

Early Life

Pelé who goes by the name Edson Arantes does Nascimento was born on 23 October 1940, in Três Corações, Minas Gerais, Brazil, the son of Fluminense footballer Dondinho (born João Ramos do Nascimento) and Celeste Arantes. He was the elder of two siblings and was named after the American inventor Thomas Edison.

His parents decided to extract the “i” and call him “Edson”, but there was a mistake on the birth certificate, leading several documents to show his name as “Edison”, not “Edson”, as he was called. He was initially nicknamed “Dico” by his family.

He adopted the nickname “Pelé” during his school days, when, it is claimed, he was given it because of his pronunciation of the name of his favourite player, local Vasco da Gama goalkeeper Bilé, which he misspoke, but the more he complained the more it stuck. In his autobiography, Pelé claimed that he had no idea what the name means, nor did his old friends.

Apart from the utterance that the name originated from that of “Bilé”, and that it is Hebrew for “miracle” (פֶּ֫לֶא), the word has no known meaning in Portuguese.

Pelé grew up living in extreme poverty in Bauru in the state of São Paulo. He made extra money by working in tea shops as a servant. Taught to play by his father, he could not pay for a proper football and usually played with either a sock stuffed with newspaper and tied with string or a grapefruit.

He played for numerous amateur teams in his adolescence, including Sete de Setembro, Canto does Rio, São Paulinho, and Amériquinha. Pelé led Bauru Athletic Club juniors (coached by Waldemar de Brito) to two São Paulo state youth championships.

In his mid-teens, he played for an indoor football club called Radium. Indoor football had just become popular in Bauru when Pelé started playing it. He was part of the first futsal (indoor football) competition in the region. Pelé and his team won the first championship and several others.

According to Pelé, futsal (indoor football) cited tough challenges; he asserted that it was a lot shorter than football on the grass and that players were required to think faster because everyone is close to each other on the pitch. Pelé credits futsal for helping him think better on the spot. In addition, futsal enabled him to play with adults when he was about 14 years old.

In one of the tournaments he participated in, he was originally considered too young to play, but eventually went on to end up top scorer with 14 or 15 goals. “That gave me a lot of confidence”, Pelé said, “I knew then not to be afraid of whatever might come”.

Club Career

In 1956, de Brito took Pelé to Santos, an industrial and port city located near São Paulo, to try out for the professional club Santos FC, informing the directors at Santos that the 15-year-old would be “the greatest football player in the world.”

Pelé impressed Santos coach Lula during his trial at the Estádio Vila Belmiro, and he signed a professional contract with the club in June 1956. Pelé was highly promoted in the local media as a future superstar.

He made his senior team debut on 7 September 1956 at the age of 15 against Corinthians de Santo André and had a remarkable performance in a 7–1 victory, scoring the first goal in his prolific career during the match.

When the 1957 season began, Pelé was given a starting position in the first team and, at the age of 16, became the top scorer in the league. Ten months after signing professionally, the teenager was called up to the Brazil national team.

After the 1958 and the 1962 World Cup, wealthy European clubs, such as Real Madrid, Juventus and Manchester United, tried to sign him in vain.

In 1958, Inter Milan even managed to get him a regular contract, but Angelo Moratti was forced to tear the contract up at the request of Santos’ chairman following a riot by Santos’ Brazilian fans. Valencia CF also organized an agreement that would have brought Pelé to the club after the 1958 World Cup, however, after his performances at the tournament Santos declined to let the player leave.

In 1961 the government of Brazil under President Jânio Quadros declared Pelé an “official national treasure” to prevent him from being transferred out of the country.

Pelé won his first major title with Santos in 1958 as the team won the Campeonato Paulista; he would complete the tournament as the top scorer, with 58 goals, a record that still exists today.

A year later, he would help the team achieve their first victory in the Torneio Rio-São Paulo with a 3–0 over Vasco da Gama. Nevertheless, Santos was not able to retain the Paulista title.

In 1960, Pelé scored 33 goals to help his team regain the Campeonato Paulista trophy but lost out on the Rio-São Paulo tournament after finishing in 8th place. In the 1960 season, Pelé scored 47 goals and helped Santos regain the Campeonato Paulista.

The club went on to win the Taça Brasil that same year, beating Bahia in the finals; Pelé finished as the top scorer of the tournament with nine goals. The feat enabled Santos to partake in the Copa Libertadores, the most prestigious club competition in the Western hemisphere.

Santos’s most prosperous Copa Libertadores season commenced in 1962; the team was implanted in Group One alongside Cerro Porteño and Deportivo Municipal Bolivia, attaining victory in every match of their group but one (a 1–1 away tie versus Cerro).

Santos won against Universidad Católica in the semi-finals and met defending champions Peñarol in the finals. Pelé scored twice in the playoff match to secure the first title for a Brazilian club. Pelé completed as the second top scorer of the competition with four goals.

That same year, Santos would successfully defend the Campeonato Paulista (with 37 goals from Pelé) and the Taça Brasil (Pelé scoring four goals in the final series against Botafogo).

Santos would also win the 1962 Intercontinental Cup against Benfica.
 Wearing his number 10 shirt, Pelé produced one of the best performances of his career, scoring a hat-trick in Lisbon as Santos won 5–2

As the defending champions, Santos qualified automatically for the semi-final stage of the 1963 Copa Libertadores. The ballet Blanco, the moniker given to Santos for Pelé, struggled to retain the title after victories over Botafogo and Boca Juniors.

Pelé assisted Santos to overcome a Botafogo team that featured Brazilian greats such as Garrincha and Jairzinho with a last-minute goal in the first leg of the semi-finals which made it 1–1. In the second leg, Pelé scored a hat-trick in the Estádio do Maracanã as Santos won, 0–4, in the second leg.

Santos began the final series by winning, 3–2, in the first leg and defeating Boca Juniors 1–2, in La Bombonera. It was a remarkable achievement in official competitions, with another goal from Pelé.

 Santos became the first (and to date the only) Brazilian team to lift the Copa Libertadores on Argentine soil. Pelé completed the tournament with five goals. Santos lost the Campeonato Paulista after finishing in third place but went on to win the Rio-São Paulo tournament after a 0–3 win over Flamengo in the final, with Pelé scoring a goal. Pelé would also help Santos preserve the Intercontinental Cup and the Taça Brasil against AC Milan and Bahia respectively.

In the 1964 Copa Libertadores, Santos was defeated in both legs of the semi-finals by Independiente. The club won the Campeonato Paulista, with Pelé netting 34 goals. Santos also shared the Rio-São Paulo title with Botafogo and won the Taça Brasil for the fourth successive year. In the 1965 Copa Libertadores, Santos reached the semi-finals and met Peñarol in a rematch of 1962 final.

After two matches, a playoff was needed to break the tie. Unlike in 1962, Peñarol came out on top and eliminated Santos 2–1. Pelé would, still, finish as the leading scorer of the tournament with eight goals. This was verified to be the beginning of a reduction as Santos failed to retain the Torneio Rio-São Paulo.

In 1966, Pelé and Santos also failed to retain the Taça Brasil as Pelé’s goals were not enough to prevent a 9–4 defeat by Cruzeiro (led by Tostão) in the final series. The club did, however, win the Campeonato Paulista in 1967, 1968, and 1969. On 19 November 1969, Pelé scored his 1,000th goal in all tournaments, in what was a highly expected moment in Brazil.

The goal dubbed O Milésimo (The Thousandth) occurred in a match against Vasco da Gama, when Pelé scored from a penalty kick, at the Maracanã Stadium.

Pelé states that his most memorable goal was scored at the Estádio Rua Javari on a Campeonato Paulista match against São Paulo rival Clube Atlético Juventus on 2 August 1959. As there is no video footage of this match, Pelé asked that a computer animation be made of this specific goal. In March 1961, Pelé scored the goal de placa (a goal worthy of a plaque), against Fluminense at the Maracanã.

Pelé received the ball on the edge of his own penalty area, and ran the length of the field, eluding opposition players with feints, before striking the ball beyond the goalkeeper. A plaque was commissioned with a dedication to “the most beautiful goal in the history of the Maracanã”.

In 1969, the two factions involved in the Nigerian Civil War agreed to a 48-hour ceasefire so they could watch Pelé play an exhibition game in Lagos. Santos ended up playing to a 2–2 draw with Lagos side Stationary Stores FC and Pelé scored his team’s goals. The civil war went on for one more year after this game.

During his time at Santos, Pelé played along with many talented players, including Zito, Pepe, and Coutinho; the latter partnered him in multiple one-two plays, attacks, and goals.

Pelé’s 643 goals for Santos were the most goals scored for a single club until it was surpassed by Lionel Messi of Barcelona in December 2020.

International Career

Pelé’s first international match was a 2–1 defeat against Argentina on 7 July 1957 at the Maracanã. In that match, he scored his first goal for Brazil aged 16 years and nine months, and he remains the youngest goalscorer for his country.

1958 World Cup

Pelé arrived in Sweden sidelined by a knee injury but on his return from the treatment room, his playmates stood together and insisted upon his selection. His first match was against the USSR in the third match of the first round of the 1958 FIFA World Cup, where he gave the assist to Vavá’s second goal.

He was at the time the youngest player ever to participate in the World Cup. Against France in the semi-final, Brazil was leading 2–1 at halftime, and then Pelé scored a hat-trick, evolving the youngest player in World Cup history to do so.

On 29 June 1958, Pelé became the youngest player to play in a World Cup final match at 17 years and 249 days. He scored two goals in that final as Brazil beat Sweden 5–2 in Stockholm, the capital. Pelé hit the post and then Vavá scored two goals to give Brazil the lead.

Pelé’s first goal, where he flicked the ball over a defender before volleying into the corner of the net, was chosen as one of the best goals in the history of the World Cup. Following Pelé’s second goal, Swedish player Sigvard Parling would later comment, “When Pelé scored the fifth goal in that Final, I have to be honest and say I felt like applauding”.

When the match finished, Pelé fainted on the pitch and was restored by Garrincha. He then recovered and was compelled by the victory to cry as he was being congratulated by his teammates.

He completed the tournament with six goals in four matches played, tied for second place, behind record-breaker Just Fontaine, and was named the best young player of the tournament. His impact was arguably tremendous off the field, with Barney Ronay writing, “With nothing but the talent to guide him, the boy from Minas Gerais became the first black global sporting superstar and a source of genuine uplift and inspiration.”

It was in the 1958 World Cup that Pelé started wearing a jersey with the number 10. The event was the result of disorganization: the leaders of the Brazilian Federation did not allocate the shirt numbers of players and it was up to FIFA to choose the number 10 shirt for Pelé, who was a substitute on the occasion.

The press declared Pelé the greatest revelation of the 1958 World Cup, and he was also retroactively given the Silver Ball as the second-best player of the tournament, behind Didi.

1959 South American Championship

Pelé also played in the South American Championship. In the 1959 competition, he was named best player of the tournament and was the top scorer with eight goals, as Brazil came second despite being undefeated in the tournament. He scored in five of Brazil’s six games, including two goals against Chile and a hat-trick against Paraguay.

When the 1962 World Cup commenced, Pelé was the best-rated player in the world. In the first match of the 1962 World Cup in Chile, against Mexico, Pelé assisted the first goal and then scored the second one, after a run past four defenders, to go up 2–0. He got injured in the next game while attempting a long-range shot against Czechoslovakia.

This would keep him out of the rest of the tournament, and forced coach Aymoré Moreira to make his only lineup change of the tournament. The substitute was Amarildo, who performed extremely well for the rest of the tournament.

However, it was Garrincha who would take the major role and take Brazil to their second World Cup title, after winning against Czechoslovakia in the final in Santiago. At the time, only players who appeared in the final were eligible for a medal before FIFA regulations were changed in 1978 to include the entire squad, with Pelé receiving his winner’s medal retroactively in 2007.

1966 World Cup

Pelé was the most popular footballer in the world during the 1966 World Cup in England, and Brazil fielded some world heroes like Garrincha, Gilmar and Djalma Santos with the addition of other stars like Jairzinho, Tostão and Gérson, leading to high expectations for them.

Brazil was discontinued in the first round, playing only three matches. The World Cup was marked, among other things, for severe fouls on Pelé that left him injured by the Bulgarian and Portuguese defenders.

Pelé scored the first goal from a free kick against Bulgaria, becoming the first player to score in three consecutive FIFA World Cups, but due to his injury, a result of continual fouling by the Bulgarians, he missed the second game against Hungary. His coach confessed that after the first game he felt “every team will take care of him in the same manner”.

Brazil lost that game and Pelé, although still recovering, was brought back for the last crucial match against Portugal at Goodison Park in Liverpool by the Brazilian coach Vicente Feola. Feola changed the full defence, including the goalkeeper, while in midfield he returned to the formation of the first match.

During the game, Portugal defender João Morais fouled Pelé, but was not sent off by referee George McCabe; a decision retrospectively viewed as being among the worst refereeing mistakes in World Cup history.

Pelé had to stay on the field limping for the rest of the game since substitutes were not permitted at that time. Brazil lost the match against the Portuguese led by Eusébio and was eliminated from the tournament as a result. After this game, he vowed he would never again play in the World Cup, a decision he would later alter.

1970 World Cup

Pelé was called to the national team in early 1969, he refused at first, but then accepted and played in six World Cup qualifying matches, scoring six goals. The 1970 World Cup in Mexico was expected to be Pelé’s last. Brazil’s squad for the tournament featured major changes to the 1966 squad. Players like Garrincha, Nilton Santos, Valdir Pereira, Djalma Santos, and Gilmar had already retired from football.

However, Brazil’s 1970 World Cup squad, which included players like Pelé, Rivelino, Jairzinho, Gérson, Carlos Alberto Torres, Tostão and Clodoaldo, is often considered to be the greatest football team in history.

The front five of Jairzinho, Pelé, Gerson, Tostão, and Rivelino together developed an attacking momentum, with Pelé retaining a central role in Brazil’s way to the final. All of Brazil’s matches in the tournament (except the final) were played in Guadalajara, and in the first match against Czechoslovakia, Pelé gave Brazil a 2–1 lead, by controlling Gerson’s long pass with his chest and then scoring.
In this match Pelé tried to lob goalkeeper Ivo Viktor from the halfway line, only narrowly missing the Czechoslovak goal. Brazil went on to win the match, 4–1. In the first half of the game against England, Pelé nearly scored with a header that was saved by the England goalkeeper Gordon Banks.

Pelé recalled he was already shouting “Goal” when he headed the ball. It was often referred to as the “save of the century.” In the second half, he controlled a cross from Tostão before flicking the ball to Jairzinho who scored the only goal.

Against Romania, Pelé scored two goals, which included a 20-yard bending free-kick, with Brazil winning 3–2. In the quarter-final against Peru, Brazil won 4–2, with Pelé assisting Tostão for Brazil’s third goal. In the semi-final, Brazil faced Uruguay for the first time since the 1950 World Cup final round match. Jairzinho put Brazil ahead 2–1, and Pelé assisted Rivelino for the 3–1. During that match, Pelé made one of his most popular plays.

Tostão passed the ball for Pelé to collect which Uruguay’s goalkeeper Ladislao Mazurkiewicz took notice of and ran off his line to get the ball before Pelé. However, Pelé got there first and fooled Mazurkiewicz with a feint by not touching the ball, making it roll to the goalkeeper’s left, while Pelé went to the goalkeeper’s right.

Pelé ran around the goalkeeper to regain the ball and took a shot while turning towards the goal, but he turned in excess as he shot, and the ball wandered just wide of the far post.

Brazil played Italy in the final at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. Pelé scored the opening goal with a header after out jumping Italian defender Tarcisio Burch. Brazil’s 100th World Cup goal, Pelé’s leap of joy into the arms of teammate Jairzinho in celebrating the goal is considered as one of the most iconic moments in World Cup history.

 He then made assists for Brazil’s third goal, scored by Jairzinho, and the fourth completed by Carlos Alberto. The last goal of the game is often regarded as the greatest team goal of all time because it involved all but two of the team’s outfield players.

The play culminated after Pelé made a blind pass that went into Carlos Alberto’s running trajectory. He came running from behind and struck the ball to score. Brazil won the match 4–1, keeping the Jules Rimet Trophy indefinitely, and Pelé won the Golden Ball as the player of the tournament.

Burgnich, who tackled Pelé during the final, was quoted asserting, “I told myself before the game, he’s made of skin and bones just like everyone else – but I was wrong”.

In terms of his goals and assist throughout the 1970 World Cup, Pelé was directly responsible for 53% of Brazil’s goals throughout the competition.

Pelé’s last international match was on 18 July 1971 against Yugoslavia in Rio de Janeiro. With Pelé on the field, the Brazilian team’s record was 67 wins, 14 draws, and 11 losses. Brazil never lost a match while fielding both Pelé and Garrincha.

Playing Style

Pelé has also been known for connecting the phrase “The Beautiful Game” with football. A prolific goalscorer, he was recognized for his proficiency to perceive opponents in the area and finish off chances with an accurate and powerful shot with either foot.

Pelé was also a hard-working club player, and a complete forward, with extraordinary perception and understanding. He was known for his detailed passing and potential to link up with teammates and provide them with assists. In his early career, he played in a variety of attacking positions.

Although he usually operated inside the penalty region as a main striker or centre forward, his wide range of skills also allowed him to play in a more withdrawn role, as an inside forward or second striker, or out wide. In his later career, he took on more of a deeper playmaking role behind the strikers, often functioning as an attacking midfielder. Pelé’s extraordinary playing technique combined speed, creativity, and technical skill with physical power, stamina, and athleticism.

His outstanding skill, balance, flair, agility, and dribbling skills helped him to win against opponents with the ball and oftentimes saw him use unexpected changes of direction and elaborate feints in order to get past players, such as his trademark move, the dribble da vaca. Another one of his signature moves was the parading or little stop.

Despite his fairly small stature, 1.73 metres (5 feet 8 inches),[107] he outshined in the air, due to his heading accuracy, timing, and elevation. Renowned for his bending shots, he was also an excellent free-kick taker, and penalty taker, although he often abstained from taking penalties, stating that he believed it to be a frightening way to score.

Pelé was also known to be a fair and highly significant player, who stood out for his charismatic leadership and sportsmanship on the pitch. His soft embrace of Bobby Moore following the Brazil vs England game at the 1970 World Cup is regarded as the embodiment of sportsmanship, with The New York Times stating the image “captured the respect that two great players had for each other. As they exchanged jerseys, touches, and looks, the sportsmanship between them is all in the image. No gloating, no fist-pumping from Pelé. No despair, no defeatism from Bobby Moore.”

Pelé also received a reputation for constantly being a powerful player for his teams, due to his inclination to score vital goals in crucial matches.

Personal Life

Pelé got married three times, and had numerous affairs, producing many children.
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 (born 1978), and their son Edson (“Edinho”, born 27 August 1970). The couple divorced in 1982. In May 2014, Edinho was jailed for 33 years for laundering money from drug trafficking. On appeal, the sentence was reduced to 12 years and 10 months.

From 1981 to 1986, Pelé was romantically linked with TV presenter Xuxa, which was significant in starting her career. She was 17 when they started dating. 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. The couple went separate ways in 2008.

Pelé had at least two more children from past 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 eventually complied after a court-ordered DNA test proved she was his daughter; Machado died of cancer in 2006.

At the age of 73, declared his motive to marry 41-year-old Marcia Aoki, a Japanese-Brazilian importer of medical equipment from Penápolis, São Paulo, whom he had been dating since 2010. They first met in the mid-1980s in New York, before meeting again in 2008. They got married in July 2016.

Pelé Children

Pele has seven children.

  • By Anizia Machado: Sandra (1964–2006)
  • By Lenita Kurtz: Flávia (born 1968)
  • By Rosemeri dos Reis Cholbi: Kelly Cristina (born 1967), Edson (born 1970), Jennifer (born 1978)
  • By Assíria Lemos Seixas: Joshua (born 1996), Celeste (born 1996)

Pelé Religion

Pelé was practising Catholicism, Pelé gave a signed jersey to Pope Francis. Accompanied by a signed football from Ronaldo Nazario, it is located in one of the Vatican Museums.


  • Campeonato Paulista Top Scorer: 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1969, 1973
  • FIFA World Cup Best Young Player: 1958
  • FIFA World Cup Silver Ball: 1958
  • France Football’s Ballon d’Or: 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1970 – Le nouveau palmarès (the new winners)
  • South American Championship Best Player: 1959
  • South American Championship Top Scorer: 1959
  • Gol de Placa: 1961
  • Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Top Scorer: 1961, 1963, 1964
  • Intercontinental Cup Top Scorer: 1962, 1963
  • Torneio Rio-São Paulo Top Scorer: 1963
  • Copa Libertadores Top Scorer: 1965
  • BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year: 1970
  • Bola de Prata: 1970
  • FIFA World Cup Golden Ball (Best Player): 1970
  • South American Footballer of the Year: 1973
  • Included in the North American Soccer League (NASL) All-Star team: 1975, 1976, 1977
  • NASL Top Assist Provider: 1976
  • NASL Most Valuable Player: 1976
  • Number 10 retired by the New York Cosmos as a recognition of his contribution to the club: 1977
  • Elected Citizen of the World, by the United Nations: 1977
  • International Peace Award: 1978
  • FIFA Order of Merit: 1984
  • Inducted into the American National Soccer Hall of Fame: in 1992
  • Elected Goodwill Ambassador, by UNESCO: 1993
  • Winner of France Football’s World Cup Top-100 1930–1990: 1994
  • Marca Leyenda: 1997
  • World Team of the 20th Century: 1998
  • Football Player of the Century, elected by France Football’s Ballon d’Or Winners: 1999
  • TIME: One of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th century: 1999
  • Greatest Player of the 20th Century, by World Soccer: 1999
  • Athlete of the Century, by Reuters News Agency: 1999
  • Athlete of the Century, elected by International Olympic Committee: 1999
  • World Player of the Century, by the IFFHS: 2000
  • South American player of the century, by the IFFHS: 2000
  • FIFA Player of the Century: 2000
  • Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award: 2000
  • FIFA Centennial Award: 2004
  • FIFA 100 Greatest Living Footballers: 2004
  • BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award: 2005
  • Elected best Brazilian player of the century, by the IFFHS: 2006
  • Greatest football player to have ever played the game, by Golden Foot: 2012
  • FIFA Ballon d’Or Prix d’Honneur: 2013
  • World Soccer Greatest XI of All Time: 2013

Pelé Net Worth

Pelé’s net worth is estimated to be around $500 million (as of the time of his death)

Pelé Heath And Death

In 1977, Brazilian media reported that Pelé had his right kidney removed. In November 2012, Pelé with through successful hip surgery. In December 2017, Pelé appeared in a wheelchair at the 2018 World Cup draw in Moscow where he was pictured with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Diego Maradona. A month later, he collapsed from fatigue and was rushed to the hospital.


In 2019, after a hospitalisation because of a urinary tract infection, Pelé underwent surgery to remove kidney stones. In February 2020, his son Edinho reported that Pelé was not able to walk alone to leave home, clarifying his condition to a lack of rehabilitation following his hip operation.

In September 2021, Pelé had surgery to remove a tumour on the right side of his colon. Although his eldest daughter Kely expressed that he was “doing well”, he was reportedly readmitted to intensive care a few days later, before finally being released on 30 September 2021 to begin chemotherapy.

In November 2022, ESPN Brasil reported that Pelé had been taken to the hospital with “general swelling”, along with cardiac issues and concerns that his chemotherapy treatment was not having the expected effect; his daughter Kely stated there was “no emergency”.

In December 2022, the Albert Einstein Hospital where Pelé was being treated, asserted that his tumour had expanded and he required “greater care related to renal and cardiac dysfunctions”.

He died on 29 December 2022 at the hospital from multiple organ delinquency, a complication of colon cancer.

FAQs About Pelé

When Was Pelé Born?

Pelé whose real name is Edson Arantes does Nascimento was born on 23 October 1940, in Três Corações, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

When Did Pelé Die?

Pelé died on 29 December 2022.

What killed Pelé?

Pelé died from multiple organ delinquency, a complication of colon cancer.

What Was Pelé’s Religion?

Pelé practised Catholicism when he was alive.


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