Did you know Brazil legend Pele married his third wife at age 75?

Updated: Oct 23, 2019, 15:30 | Shawn.Dsouza
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    Pele is a football legend not only in Brazil, but all over the world. He is considerend one of the greatest players in the history of the game.

    Hello everyone! Sorry to have been quiet recently - I am on vacation with my family. But I just wanted to say hi. How is your July going?

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    Pele with his third wife Marcia Aoki on their wedding day. The couple were dating since 2010 and were married in 2016. Pele has been married a total of three times.

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    Pele first met Marica Aoki in the 1980s and then again in 2008. Aoki is of Japanese-Brazilian origin and is an importer in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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    Pele's full name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento. He was named after Thomas Edson.

    May you have a wonderful Christmas. It's a day when we celebrate the real King! However you celebrate, I hope that the occasion brings you happiness!

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    Pele is the son of Dondinho - a former Fluminense footballer. Pele also has two younger siblings.

    When kick-off approached, only football was in my head, no matter what the distractions.

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    Pele's emotional tribute to his mother: On International Women's Day, I want to say thank you to my mother, Dona Celeste. She did everything to allow me to devote myself to my dreams. I want to know - who are you going to pay tribute to today? 

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    Pele is a national hero in Brazil for all he has achieved in football. Pele has been an inspiration, not only for footballers, but also people around the globe.

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    Pele played for the Brazilian football club Santos for 19 years. He had 638 appearances and scored a whopping 619 goals. He then played for New York Cosmos in 56 appearances and scored 31 goals. 

    The two things I love the most: going fishing and being with children.

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    A football historian told me last week that on this day in 1972, I scored my 1100th goal - against Napoli. I loved playing in Italy but their defenders were never exactly gentle 

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    Pele played for the Brazil national team in 92 matches scoring 77 goals.

    To my friends and family in America, happy #thanksgiving ! Be thankful for one another, and enjoy the feast!

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    Pele is the current all-time leading goal scorer of Brazil with 77 goals.

    Good morning! Did you celebrate last night?

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    Pele has a world record for the most number of hattricks with 92.

    I always hate being abducted by aliens. How about you?

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    At age 17, Pele also has the record to be the Youngest FIFA World Cup winner.

    I can't remember all the things I was doing on this day in 1970 but looking sharp was one of them... And driving this cool Mercedes was another.

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    Happy birthday, my friend @maradona. You will probably be having a quiet night in with a good book but I hope you also find time to have a small celebration!

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    A happy birthday to someone almost as good-looking as me, my fellow Brazilian, @gisele! 

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    It's the birthday of my friend, @officialslystallone. We were in a football film together. Can anyone quote me a line from it? (And happy birthday, Sly!)

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    Today I want to honour @MichaelSchumacher on his 49th birthday. Keep fighting, my friend. Never give up

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    Pele has numerous FIFA World Cup records - Youngest goalscorer, Youngest to score a hattrick, Youngest to play in a final, Youngest goalscorer in a final

    Never forget to lock the bathroom door!

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    Pele has won the FIFA World Cup three times with Brazil - 1958, 1962 and 1970

    Pele on New Year: This is my favorite time of the year. 

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    He got the nickname 'Pele' during his days in school.

    This boy would have loved this World Cup. I hope your children have enjoyed it too

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    During his childhood, Pele lived in poverty and also worked as a servant in tea stalls.

    I can't wait to spend some time at home with my family for Easter. I will pray for the congregation of Notre Dame in Paris. Let's hope they get to return to their church soon. In the meantime, happy Easter to you all.

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    In 2000, Pele was named the FIFA Player of the Century.


    Everyone needs to visualise what they want to achieve in order to make things happen. Never give up

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    Pele has also acted in a few Hollywood films such as Escape to Victory, Hotshot, Os Trapalhoes e o Rei do Futebol

    Yes, the statue of me has arrived. Do you accept returns?

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    Pele also had a biopic made on him in 2016. It was named Pele - Birth of a Legend.


    Saturday - it's the day. (It's a Brazilian joke - Saturday used to be the special day for a weekly shower!)

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    In 1994, Pele was named the Goodwill Ambassador for UNESCO

    My "deer" friends...

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    In 1997, Pele was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in Buckingham Palace.

    It's @ParisFashionWeek, so what better time to launch my new hat collection? 

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About The Gallery

Brazil football legend Pele celebrates his 79th birthday today. We take a look at his journey in football and personal life through some archived, rare photos on Instagram (Pics Courtesy/ Pele Instagram)