Football icon Edson Arantes do Nascimento – better known as Pelé, admits that he has sired so many children that he cannot trace all of them.
The 80-year-old soccer ace has been married three times but admits to having had so many affairs, that he has lost track of some of his brood
This he revealed in a new Netflix documentary named ‘Pelé’, the life of the Brazilian football player.
Pele insisted he was honest with his wives and girlfriends about his affairs, as he always informed them
“In all honesty, I’ve had a few affairs, some of which resulted in children, but I’ve only learned about them later,” he says.
The documentary traces back the extraordinary period when Pelé went from a young superstar in 1958 to a national hero, amidst a radical and turbulent era in Brazilian history. It details his remarkable journey to become the “King of Football” and leading his nation’s team to their historic win at the 1970 World Cup.
The documentary also showcases interviews from former legendary team-mates at Santos Futebol Clube and the Brazilian national team, including Zagallo, Amarildo, and Jairzinho, as well as extraordinary testimonials from family members, journalists, artists, and other personalities who witnessed the golden age of Brazilian football.
The sporting legend has five children, Kelly, 54, Edinho, 50, Jennifer, 42, and twins Joshua and Celeste, 24 from his first two marriages, as well as more children from different affairs.
Pele won his first World Cup at the age of 17
The new documentary will become available for streaming on Netflix on 23 February