Shortly before his death, Pelé admitted that he was the father of his ‘secret daughter’ Sandra, born of a relationship with his former maid Anisia Machado. This was revealed by the Brazilian media, confirming the rumors circulated as early as January. On 28 December, on the eve of his death, the legendary striker of Brazil and Santos regretted having always distanced the woman, who died in 2006, and for this he agreed to meet her children, his natural grandchildren, pledging to include them in the will. They will therefore have their share of the 15 million euro inheritance to share with their third wife Marcia Aoki and their other six children: Kely, Edinho and Jennifer, born from their first marriage to Rosemeri dos Reis Cholbi, the twins Joshua and Celeste, sons of his second wife Assyria Seixas Lemos, and Flavia, daughter of journalist Lenita Kurtz.
The discovery of being the daughter of the former footballer in 1991
Sandra, having discovered that she was Pelé’s daughter at the age of 27, had filed a lawsuit for recognition in 1991, also thanks to a DNA test: in 1996 she had obtained the right to bear the surname of Edson Arantes do Nascimento but in a short time later she died of cancer. The three-time world soccer champion died of cancer last December 29 in a hospital in Sao Paulo, where he had been hospitalized for about a month. Last September, the justice had authorized an action by Maria do Socorro de Azevedo to perform a DNA test. Pele died before undergoing a DNA test, but this could be done on his children, according to Folha.