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Sandra Regina (Pele’s Mystery daughter) – Everything to know

The world recently lost one of its greatest football players—Pele. While his passing shook the world, it also unraveled one of his best-kept secrets— Sandra Regina. Continue reading to find out more about this mystery daughter and her inclusion in his will.

Sandra Regina Machado Nascimento

Sandra Regina

Sandra Regina Machado Nascimento was the third child and daughter of Pelé, a famous Brazilian soccer player. She was born in 1963 as the result of an affair between Pelé and a housemaid named Anisia Machado, while Pelé was still married to his first wife, Rosemeri dos Reis Cholbi. For many years, Pelé denied that he was Sandra’s father and refused to submit to DNA testing.

 The mystery daughter took international media by storm after filing a legal petition against the icon in 1990, post which the two had to take a DNA test, the results of which worked in her favor.

However, in 1991, Sandra Regina sued Pelé in an effort to have him recognize her as his daughter. In 1993, the court ruled in her favor based on DNA evidence and allowed her to adopt Pelé’s surname, Nascimento. Sandra later wrote a book called The Daughter the King Didn’t Want, which detailed her journey to have Pelé acknowledge her as his daughter.

However, things changed after his death. Reliable sources suggest that at the time of his will reading, it was discovered that he’d left all he had to his children—Regina, included. Regina was born in 1964 and is the daughter of Pele’s house help Aniso Machado, who he reportedly had an affair with. It has been 17 years since her demise. Regina fought a long battle against breast cancer and eventually lost the fight after respiratory failure and cardiac arrest.  

In addition to this, Sandra also became involved in politics and was elected to a city council seat in Santos, Brazil.

In 2001, Sandra sued Pelé again, requesting additional financial compensation from him. She claimed that she had not received the same amount as her half-siblings, Kely, Jennifer, and Edson. However, the court rejected this claim. Sandra died from breast cancer in October 2006 at the age of 42. She left behind a husband and two children.

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Pele’s marriages, Wives and Children

Throughout his life, Pelé was married three times. His first marriage was to Rosemeri dos Reis Cholbi, and they had three children together: daughters Kely and Jennifer, and son Edinho. They divorced in 1982. Pelé’s second marriage was to Assiria Seixas Lemos, and they had two children together: son Joshua and daughter Celeste. This marriage ended in divorce in 2008.

Pelé’s third and final marriage was to Marcia Aoki, and they remained married until Pelé’s death in 2022. Pelé had a total of eight children from his three marriages and other relationships: Kely, Jennifer, Edinho, Joshua, Celeste, and three other children whose names are not publicly known.

Brief summary about the lie of Pele

Pelé, whose full name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, was a Brazilian soccer player who is widely considered one of the greatest international football players of all time. He was born on October 23, 1940, in Três Corações, Minas Gerais, Brazil, and began his professional career as a teenager, playing for the Santos Futbol Clube at the age of 15 and for Brazil’s national team at 16.

Pelé earned the nickname O Rei, or “The King,” in Portuguese, after he helped Brazil win its first FIFA World Cup in 1958. He went on to win two more World Cups in 1962 and 1970, and he holds the Guinness World Record for the most goals scored in a career, with 1,279 goals in 1,363 games.

Pelé is also credited with popularizing the phrase “The Beautiful Game” to describe football. He retired from professional international football in 1977 after a 20-year career.

Pele was battling cancer and was 82 years old at the time of his death. He was undergoing treatment at the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Meeting the kids of Regina and his other grandchildren was reportedly one of his last wishes.

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