The so-called “O’Rei” currently monopolizes the spotlight due to his fragile health, which keeps him at the Albert Einstein Hospital in São Paulo, where his relatives have not separated from him.
The world is watching the health of the Brazilian, who during his life as a footballer scored 1,283 goals and won 24 club titles and, to the surprise of many, also declared that he did not like the nickname he was known with. Was world class: Pele.
What is the origin of Pele, Edson Arantes do Nascimento’s nickname?
Son of Brazilian football star João Ramos do Nascimento who was also a football player and played for Fluminense and Atlético Mineiro in Brazil. The name Edison Arantes do Nascimento is due to the fact that his father wanted to pay homage to the inventor Thomas Alba Edison.
When the footballer was a child, he was given the nickname “Diko”, a nickname with which his mother always referred to him.
Shortly after, his friends started calling him Pelé, although the same sports star has declared that he does not know the exact reason for the nickname, but he did not like it and even dropped out of school for this reason. I also fought.
One of Edson’s uncles, named George, for his part has declared that when his nephew was a child, he played as a goalkeeper on the teams of which he was a member, so as not to have an advantage over a rival. , because from that point on he had a “crack” with the ball
According to a relative of the “king”, in statements that have been collected by many media, Edson behaved like goalkeeper Bille in goal, for which they began to call him, and later Pele. The nickname “O’Reay” was born after the 1958 World Cup, when Paris Match magazine dedicated a cover to him, calling him Le Roi (The King).
After that, he became known as “O’Ree Pele” in Brazil. Why didn’t Pele like his nickname?
Although Pelé accepted his nickname over the years, he disliked it at first, and in an interview with Italian television, Rai acknowledged the reason when talking about his relationship with Maradona. The Brazilian said that Maradona always called him Pele, although he did not like it:
“We joked who was better, for God’s sake we are all equal. Maradona always called me Pele and everyone does. My name is Edson. I didn’t like Pele because I was a fan of Thomas Edison.” Pele.
Pelé’s son, also named Edson Cholbi Nascimento, better known as Edinho, was a professional football player and played as a goalkeeper for Santos. In 2005 he was arrested on charges of money laundering and drug trafficking, in 2014 he was sentenced to 33 years in prison.