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Sports News of Wednesday, 18 January 2023


Pele: Brazil legend names late daughter in his will despite denying he fathered her

Pele and his daughter Pele and his daughter

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.

It has now emerged that the only child he denied all his life, who died years ago has been acknowledged 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.

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."