Retired Brazilian football legend Pele has an estimated net worth of $100 million thanks to endorsement deals. Pele is considered as one of the greatest footballers in history. Called “The King of Football” (O Rei do Futebol), “The King” (O Rei) and also “The King Pelé” (O Rei Pelé). In 1999, he was named Football Player of the Century by International Federation of Football History and Statistics. Same year he was also granted “Athlete of the Century” by the International Olympic Committee.
In his career, he scored 760 official goals and 541 league championships. He made 1281 goals in 1363 games. Pele is the son of Fluminense footballer Dondinho, he was born in Tres Coracoes, Brazil. He grew up in great poverty but now he is a national hero. He is a big supporter of policies that aim to improve living conditions of the poor.
In 1954, at 14 years of age, Pele joined the Bauru Athletic Club juniors in Bauru, São Paulo. Then in 1955, he impressed football star Waldemar de Brito and started playing for the Santos. At the age of 16, he joined the national team and won the first World Cup one year later. In 1962 and 1963, Pele won the prestigious club competition, the Copa Libertadores in South American football. Finally, after 17 seasons with the Santos, Pele retired from Brazilian football in 1972.
In 1975, he came out of retirement and signed a contract with New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League (NASL). He got married to Rosemeri dos Reis Cholby in 1966 and has 2 daughters and a son with her. He got divorced with her and married a psychologist and gospel singer Assíria Lemos Seixas. He has a set of twins with her and they are now separated.