Following the death of Brazilian superstar Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele, the footballing world is in mourning. Pele lost her fight with cancer on Thursday at the age of 82.
The man will always be remembered for his heroics at the World Cup with Brazil, where he won the competition a record-tying three times. Nobody can say for sure how Edson Arantes do Nascimento was condensed to just Pele, but those four letters commanded respect and admiration everywhere they appeared.
His life off the field, though, was as colorful as his renowned Brazil kit; he had seven children from numerous affairs, but only six are alive to say goodbye.
1. Kelly Christina Arantes do Nascimento
Pele gave birth to Kely, his first child and oldest daughter, in 1967 with his first wife, Rosemeri. Kelly has a wealth of skills. She is a sports diplomat, actor, singer, storyteller, public speaker, and currently wed to a doctor. She is a mother of four.\
2. Flavia Arantes do Nascimento
While still married to Rosemeri, Pele had a daughter Flavia, his second child, with writer Lenita Kurtz in 1968. (and would remain so for many more years). At the moment, Flavia is a consultant at a significant hospital in Brazil.
3. Edinho “Edson” Arantes do Nascimento
Pele welcomed Edinho, his first son and fourth child, into the world in 1970 together with Rosemeri. Before retiring from professional football in 1999 at the age of 29, Edinho played for four clubs: Santos, Portuguesa Santista, Sao Caetano, and Ponte Preta.
He is a father of two and the current football manager of Londrina in Brazil.
4. Jennifer Cholby Arantes do Nascimento
In 1978, the World Cup champion and Rosemeri gave birth to Jennifer Cholby Nascimento, their sixth child. As of 2022, she is 44 years old. Little is known about her private life. Because of her father, she became well-known.
5. Joshua Arantes do Nascimento
Pele and Assiria welcomed boy-girl twins in 1996, making them his sixth and seventh kids. Josh, his child, doesn’t use social media much, but public records show that he played soccer, just like his dad and older half-brother Edson.
6. Celeste Arantes do Nascimento
Celeste, Josh’s identical twin sister, was also conceived in 1996 by Pele and Assiria. She prefers to spend most of her time away from the spotlight, but she occasionally appears in cameos on her half-siblings’ social media profiles.
Pele had a second daughter, Sandra Regina Arantes do Nascimento, who he supposedly rejected because of the circumstances of her birth, until DNA evidence established his paternity and a court upheld his paternity in 1996.
Cancer claimed Sandra’s life in October 2006. Her spouse and two children were left behind.