Pelé is a former Brazilian professional footballer who played for Brazil’s national team and clubs like Santos and New York Cosmos in his glittering career. Named as the 'Footballer of the Millennium' by the International Olympic Committee, Pelé had the ability to surprise everyone with his passing, dribbling skills.
His exceptional vision in front of goal coupled with superb shooting ability helped him to score 1281 goals in 1363 games. Pelé won FIFA World Cup thrice, including bagging ‘Golden Ball’ award in the 1970 edition.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Pelé’s current estimated net worth is $100 Million.
During Pelé’s career, there was not much
money involved in the game. Still, he managed to pocket about $6 million in his three-year stint with the New York Cosmos in the mid-1970s.
Retired from the game in 1977, Pelé currently relies mainly on endorsements deals for earnings. He bagged the 13th position in the Forbes' list of the highest-paid retired athlete with $14 million earrings in 2015.
Pelé's brilliance as a footballer did not transform into his business ventures as they failed miserably for taking bad decisions.
His construction company could not enjoy success and collapsed. Even after Café Pelé was regarded as one of the best coffee-products in the world and enjoyed success, the 'King of the Football' could not reap profit owing to a bad deal.
During Pelé's three-year stint as Brazil’s Sports Minister from 1995-98, many allegations of corruption also came up.
Pelé pockets much of his earnings through sponsorship deals with companies like Puma, Hublot, Volkswagen, Subway, Emirates and Procter & Gamble, Santander etc. With both the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympic Games to be held in Brazil, many companies signed Pelé as their brand ambassador.
In April 1994, Pelé was appointed as the UNESCO Champion for sports for helping the disadvantaged children and promoting the sports. He extensively visited many countries like Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia to promote sports as a mean for peace and integration.
In November 1996, he helped to raise money during a German television channel 'Children in Need' campaign along with UNESCO. In 2000, Pele participated in the 'Match of the Heart' which aimed to raise funds and promote peace for the disadvantaged children.
Pelé also extends his support to Great Ormond Street Hospital that treats children with most complex and life-threatening diseases along with helping charities like Harlem Street Soccer.
|Age||Source of Wealth|
|$14 million per year||Puma, Hublot, Volkswagen, Subway, Emirates, Santander|
|Três Corações||Married to Marcia Cibele Aoki|