Pele: Brazil Legend Names Late Daughter in His Will Despite Denying He Fathered Her

Pele: Brazil Legend Names Late Daughter in His Will Despite Denying He Fathered Her

Elijah Odetokun
January 19, 2023 at 8:39 AM
  • The world was thrown into mourning on December 29 after the passing of soccer legend Pele.
  • Pele fathered six children with three women but there was a seventh child he denied all his life.
  • The daughter who's also late has now been named in the three-time World Cup winners will.

Brazilian soccer legend Pele passed away on December 29, 2022 and received global mourning and tributes, as well as a national funeral at the Santos Stadium where he played the majority of his career.

Pele married three times and had multiple affairs which culminated in him fathering seven children, though he acknowledged only six of those children.

Pele, Sandra Regina, Brazil, World Cup, will, Santos.
Late Pele acknowledges Sandra Regina as his daughter in his will. Photos by AFP/Wikipedia.
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It has now emerged that the only child he denied all his life, who died years ago has been acknowledged in his will.

Pele acknowledges Sandra in his will

According to ESPN, Pele had an affair with his housemaid Anizia Machado in 1963 and bore Sandra Regina. He denied her all her life before she passed away in 2006.

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The superstar also never acknowledged her all his life despite a 1991 court ruling affirming it. It has now emerged he named her in his will and apportioned a share of his property to hrs two sons, as reported by Mirror.

As reported by Express, the three time World Cup winner's final wish was to meet Sandra's two sons, Octavio Felinto Neto and Gabriel Arantes do Nascimento and he met them on December 28, a day before he died.

“I thank God for providing this moment, it was what my mother dreamed of most. I spoke to my aunts, and they said that our grandfather wanted to see us. We were very excited, it was an opportunity we had been waiting for… We are extremely happy.” Gabriel told Mirror.

Pele's mum unaware of his death

Sports Brief earlier reported that Pele's mother, Celeste, is unaware of her son's death, as she was not informed by the only surviving sibling of the late star, Maria.

The mother of the legend is still alive and at 100 years rarely makes public appearances and still tells people around him to pray for his son's recovery.

It however begs the question if she does not listen to the radio or watches the television, as the news was carried by local stations in the South American country.

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