Pele, a famous soccer player from Brazil, died at the age of 82. He is survived by his wife, Marcia Aoki, and seven children. Pele, whose real name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, had been getting pain medicine in a place for people who are nearing the end of their lives because his cancer treatments had stopped working.
In December 2022, Pele went to the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil, because he had signs of “heart failure.” The BBC says Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, has called for three days of national mourning.
We look back at the life and career of a soccer player who may have been the best of all time. Find out more about his personal life.
How Many Wives Has Pele Had?
He had three wives. Marcia Aoki, a businesswoman, became Pele’s third wife in 2016.
Who is Pele’s Wife, Marcia Aoki?
Marcia Aoki was born in 1966. In 2016, Pele married his third wife, businesswoman Marcia Aoki, in a private ceremony in Guaruja, Brazil, near Sao Paulo. Before they got married, the two had been together for six years. Pele and his wife were 25 years apart in age. Marcia Aoki was 50 years old when they got married, and Pele was 75.
The Sun writes Marcia was born in Japan and is the daughter of a pediatrician. She is also a successful business owner in the medical supplies industry. The news source says that Pele and Marcia met at a party in New York in the 1980s, but they didn’t start dating until 2010. They met by chance in an elevator in Sao Paulo and found out they lived in the same apartment building.
Pele has seven kids, but he and Marcia don’t have any kids together. People say that Pele had five children from his first two marriages. Pele’s first wife, Rosemeri dos Reis Cholbi, gave birth to Kelly, Jennifer, and a football player named Edinho. His second wife, Asiria Nascimento, gave birth to twins Joshua and Celeste.
Flavia and Sandra Regina Machado are the names of the soccer star’s other two children. A Netflix documentary about Pele’s life and career was very interesting to watch last year.
Who Were Pelé’s X-wives?
Rosemeri Dos Reis Cholbi (1966 – 1982)
Rosemeri do Reis Cholbi was Pelé’s first wife. He married her in 1966. They had three kids together: Kelly Cristina, who was born on January 13, 1967, and Jennifer, who was born in 1978. And Edson was born on August 27, 1970, and was called “Edinho.”
The soccer player, Pelé, talked about his affairs in his Netflix documentary. “My first wife and my first girlfriend both knew. I’ve never told a lie.” He said he was “too young” to be getting married. Pelé had so many affairs that he didn’t know how many children he was responsible for. “To be honest, I’ve been in a lot of relationships, and some of them led to children, but I didn’t find out until later.”
Concerning his personal life, he said that being his wife was hard and that business deals let him travel and work off the field on projects in different countries. In the documentary, he talked about his first marriage and said that all of his wives knew about his affairs. Pelé said, “We had that friendship.” “We didn’t have any of that passion you feel when you’re madly in love.”
In 1968, while he was still married to Rosemeri, he had his second daughter, Flávia, with a journalist named Lenita Kurtz. In 1963, Pelé had an affair with his maid, Anisia Machado, before they got married. Sandy Regina Machado was born to Anisia. Sandra took her father to court for many years to prove he was the father, but Pelé said he wasn’t the father and wouldn’t take a DNA test. Sandra wrote a book called The Daughter the King Didn’t Want and died of cancer in 2006. Pelé didn’t go to her funeral.
Even though he had a lot of flaws, he told British GQ how he felt about society. He said, “Most kids today watch [Lionel] Messi, [Cristiano] Ronaldo, and Neymar, but they also know who Pelé is.” “Perhaps from their fathers or their fathers’ fathers! But I can never make a mistake, so it is a big responsibility for me. I have to be a good role model for these kids all the time, and I thank God for this honor.”
He kept thinking about the best part of his career. “I don’t have one favorite moment… there are too many,” he said. “But I do have a few special memories,” he said at the time. “For instance, I went to my first World Cup in 1958, when I was 17 years old. I had never been on an airplane before, and everything in Sweden was new and different. It was like a dream, and then my Brazil won the World Cup and all my dreams came true. I was so young, but I thought I had already done everything. But there was still a lot more to come.”
Assíria Lemos Seixas (1992 – 2008)
Assria Lemos Seixas, a gospel singer and psychologist, became Pelé’s second wife in 1992. Joshua and Celeste, who were born in 1996, were the couple’s twins. Even less is known about this couple, but their divorce was finalized in 2008.
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