Edson Arantes do Nascimento (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈɛtsõ (w)ɐˈɾɐ̃tʃiz du nɐsiˈmẽtu]), better kent as Pelé (Brazilian Portuguese: [pe̞ˈlɛ], name gien as Edison on birth certificate, born 23 October 1940 – houiver, Pelé claims that he wis born on 23 October),[1] is a retired Brazilian fitbawer.

Pelé in 2008
BornEdson Arantes do Nascimento[1]
(1940-10-21) 21 October 1940 (age 80)[1]
Três Corações, Brazil
ThriftFootballer (retired), humanitarian
Hicht1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Hauf-marrae(s)Rosemeri dos Reis Cholbi (m. 1966–1982)
Assíria Lemos Seixas (m. 1994)
Pairtner(s)Xuxa (1981–86)
ParentsDondinho, Dona Celeste Arantes
Personal information
Full name Edson Arantes do Nascimento
Date o birth (1940-10-21) 21 October 1940 (age 80)
Place o birth Três Corações, Brazil
Hicht 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playin poseetion Forrit[2][3][4][5]
Attackin midfielder[6][7][8][9][10]
Youth career
1953–1956 Bauru
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1956–1974 Santos 638 (619)
1975–1977 New York Cosmos[11] 56 (31)
Total 694 (650)
Naitional team
1957–1971 Brazil 92 (77)
* Senior club appearances an goals coontit for the domestic league anerly


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Offeecial forename an birth date, as written on his birth certificate, are "Edison" an "21 October 1940":


    CERTIFICO que sob o n° 7.095 às fls. 123 do livro n° 21-A de Registro de Nascimento consta o assento de Edison Arantes do Nascimento nascido aos vinte e um (21) outubro de mil novecentos e quarenta (1940) às 03 horas e --- minutos em esta Cidade de Três Corações sexo masculino filho de João Ramos do Nascimento e de Celeste Arantes

    Houever, Pelé haes always maintained that those are mistakes, that he was actually named Edson an that he wis born on 23 October 1940.

    Pelé; Orlando Duarte; Alex Bellos (2006). Pelé : the autobiography. London: Simon & Schuster UK Ltd. p. 14. ISBN 978-0-7432-7582-8. Retrieved 2 October 2010. Shortly before I came along, there was another arrival in Três Corações: electricity. In order to celebrate this great improvement to our daily lives, Dondinho named me Edson, a tribute to Thomas Edison, the inventor of the lightbulb. In fact, on my birth certificate I am actually called Edison with an 'i', a mistake that persists to this day. I'm Edson with no 'i', but to my eternal annoyance quite often the 'i' appears on official or personal documents and time after time I have to explain why. As if that wasn't confusing enough, they got the date wrong on my birth certificate as well – it says 21 October. I'm not sure how this came about; probably because in Brazil we're not so fussy about accuracy. This is another mistake that carries on to this day. When I took out my first passport, the date was put in as 21 October and each time I have renewed it the date has stayed the same.

  2. "Pelé and Maradona - two very different number tens". FIFA.com. Retrieved 14 October 2012
  3. Arantes, Edson (2007). My Life and the Beautiful Game: The Autobiography of Pele. Skyhorse Publishing. p. 108,. ISBN 1602391963.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  4. "The Great Creators". FIFA.com. Retrieved 14 October 2012
  5. "Pele edges Eusebio as Santos defend title". FIFA.com. Retrieved 14 October 2012
  6. Pelé: The Autobiography. London: Simon & Schuster UK Ltd. 2006. p. 41,. ISBN 978-1416511212.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  7. "Santos profile: Pele" . Santos Futbol Clube. Retrieved 14 October 2012
  8. "Attacking midfielder/‘Hole’ player" . Talk Football. Retrieved 14 October 2012
  9. Pele: Xavi. FIFA.com. Retrieved 14 October 2012
  10. Quand Pelé rêvait d'être Xavi . L'equipe. Retrieved 14 October 2012
  11. "NASL Player Profile – Pele". Nasljerseys.com. Retrieved 12 Juin 2010.