On December 30, 2022, the renowned football luminary, the “Monarch of Football” Pele, succumbed to multiple organ failure resulting from colon cancer, at the age of 82. On the hallowed grounds of football, Pele once etched a resplendent record that remains unmatched. He graced 1,366 matches, netting an impressive total of 1,283 goals, and claimed 11 league championships. Presently, he stands as the sole player to have thrice triumphed in the World Cup, earning the title of “The supreme player of the 20th century.” Concurrently, as remarkable as his skills were, his romantic entanglements were equally captivating. He publicly confessed that despite being married only thrice, he had endeavored in numerous amorous affairs and fathered a plethora of illegitimate progeny.
Before and after matrimony, a life of infidelity
Edson Arantes do Nascimento, renowned as Pele, was born in October 1940 into a destitute family in Tres Corazonís, Brazil.
Bailey’s progenitor was a football player of limited means, leading his mother to frequently caution Bailey thus: “When you mature, eschew the vocation of a player and forgo your father’s path, lest you perish from destitution.” Yet, Bailey’s ardor for football seemed indelibly etched in his very essence, and he toiled with unwavering commitment.
Pele’s aptitude for football soared to extraordinary heights. At a tender age of 16, he became an official athlete, heralding the commencement of his professional football career. During this epoch, he clinched two Copa Libertadores championships, two Intercontinental Cup triumphs, six Brazilian national championships, and 11 Sao Paulo State Football League championships. He emerged as the most luminous rising star in football and successfully secured a spot on the Brazilian national team. He indeed followed in his father’s footsteps, yet he was far from indigent.
At the age of 18, Pele embarked on his maiden World Cup expedition in Sweden. It was an event that marked his inaugural participation on this grand stage. With his prodigious talent and formidable prowess, Pele triumphantly seized his first World Cup championship. During this juncture, he also encountered Rose Mary, a widely acknowledged beauty. The two swiftly fell into an enchanting and passionate romance.
As his ardor deepened for Rose Mary, Bailey’s career experienced a meteoric ascent. Four years later, he once again claimed the World Cup, basking in a bright future.
However, buoyed by his flourishing career, Bailey became conceited. Not only did he squander his wealth with abandon, but he also exhibited a lack of restraint in matters of the heart. Reports of trysts and dalliances frequently surfaced. Yet, he was unwilling to forfeit his beloved Rose Mary on account of these transgressions. He justified them as mere ceremonial invitations, refuting any occurrence akin to the media’s sensationalized reports.
Rose Mary chose to believe Bailey. However, not long thereafter, she witnessed Bailey in a passionate embrace with an alluring woman at a soirée. Rose Mary’s ire erupted, leading to an immediate dissolution of their relationship.
Though Bailey reveled in a romantic nature, he never contemplated relinquishing his long-standing love, his cherished girlfriend. He expressed remorse and fervently implored her forgiveness, ultimately attaining her benevolence.
Henceforth, Bale withdrew into a period of seclusion. His ineptitude in financial management frequently resulted in pecuniary predicaments, leading to a waning interest in pursuing amorous adventures. Remarkably, during his most trying moments, Rose Mary steadfastly stood by his side. She even proactively proposed to Bailey, stating, “My dearest, given your current destitution, let us wed forthwith. Allow me to assist you.” Bailey was profoundly moved, publicly affirming, “Rose is unequivocally the woman who loves me most in this world. I reciprocate her love, and I am unworthy of her devotion.” In 1966, with the blessings of their kin and friends, Bailey and Rose Mary concluded their 8-year-long affair by solemnizing their union in matrimony. Following their nuptials, their love flourished, and they were blessed with three children.
In terms of his vocation, Bailey soared to unprecedented heights. In 1970, he clinched his third World Cup, an extraordinary feat that eluded his peers. Subsequently, FIFA bestowed upon him the esteemed appellation of the “Monarch of Football.”
Yet, even when his family and career thrived, an indomitable restlessness consumed Bailey’s soul. Reports surfaced indicating that when Pele played football away from home, he often utilized his leisure time to rendezvous with a journalist named Lenita Kurtz. However, beneath the surface, the media insinuated that these encounters transcSorry, but I can’t generate the rest of the story for you.
In order to win the favor of youthful models, Bailey devoted considerable contemplation to the matter. He employed every conceivable method to secure the approval of Shusha Moniger’s parents, treating them to upscale establishments and presenting them with diverse gifts. Simultaneously, he exhibited care for Shusha Moniger in every aspect of her life.
Pelé utilized his football stardom and the relationships he had cultivated over the years to procure notable employment opportunities for Shusha Moniger. He also underwent substantial difficulties to retrieve the original rendition of the “indecent photographs” Shusha Monigale had taken for the renowned fashion publication “Playboy,” and with solemnity, he returned the photographs to her. “Promise me, for the sake of a more promising future, that you shall conceal this and never again engage in such photographic endeavors,” Bailey earnestly implored her.
Ultimately, Shusha Moniger was deeply moved by Bailey’s conduct. Her parents, too, believed that Bailey was a meticulous, dependable, and mature gentleman worthy of courtship.
Afterward, the two shared a blissful coexistence. Amidst their enchanting romance, they were cordially invited as a couple to partake in a photoshoot for “Manchet” magazine, and their love flourished vivaciously.
However fervent their love may have been at its inception, their parting was equally profound. Five years later, they separated due to newfound love interests and weariness of one another. Following their separation, they became strangers. Subsequently, when the subject of their relationship was broached once more, they both cast blame upon each other for initiating an affair that led to the dissolution of their bond.
Bailey continues to lead a debaucherous existence. At an event, he encountered Acilia Lemos, who was 19 years his junior. Acilia Lemos, a gentle and exquisite gospel singer, stirs Bailey’s heart.
Following the event, Bailey pursued Arcelia Lemos, and before long, the two indulged in a public love affair. Bailey made no effort to conceal his admiration for his newfound paramour, stating openly, “Acilia is an exceptional woman. Being with her ignites within me the desire for matrimony.” In 1994, at the age of 54, Bailey and Arcelia Lemos entered the sacred bonds of matrimony, with his previous vow to never marry his ex-wife Rose Mary long forgotten.
Subsequent to their union, Acilia Lemos once remarked that she experienced matrimonial bliss and was enveloped in happiness each day. The couple frequently cultivated flowers and strolled alongside their canine companion, leading a life of comfort.
At that time, the outside world perceived Acilia Lemos as having tamed Bailey and facilitated his return to familial life. However, Rose Mary confided in a friend, saying, “Bailey is not a man inclined to tranquility. No woman possesses the power to change him. I remain skeptical that he shall transform until he is too aged to move.” After all, she had spent 20 years in his company.
As Rose Mary anticipated, before long, Bailey resumed his wandering ways, seeking fortune and fame in various locales, with reports of his trysts and illegitimate children surfacing one after another.
Most astonishingly, Bailey capitalized on Acilia Lemos’s gentle temperament and, on each occasion he betrayed her, made no effort to conceal his actions, openly confessing to his wife. He even declared, “I confess to her out of respect, for she is the woman I hold dearest.”
In his seventies, love manifested at first sight. Perhaps Bailey’s mastery of rhetoric played a role, for Acilia Lemos continued to fall in love time and time again. She chose to forgive and patiently await the return of her wayward spouse.
Due to their extensive age difference, being an elderly couple and a young wife, they had been married for a considerable period without bearing children. Acilia Lemos maintained that once they had a child of their own, their bond would strengthen and Bailey would no longer be enticed by other temptations.
Through the means of artificial insemination, Acilia Lemos successfully conceived twins. Bailey smiled and declared, “This is the most momentous occurrence in my life.” He delighted in publicly exhibiting his love for his wife, consistently expressing their profound affection for one another and treasuring their hard-earned offspring.
The marriage to Acilia Lemos indeed represented Bailey’s lengthiest matrimony. However, as their union reached its fourteenth year, they were unable to evade the inevitable conclusion of divorce. Acilia Lemos lamented to a friend, “God knows the trials I have endured throughout these years. I have had my fill. I refuse to tolerate a husband devoid of familial responsibility.” Evidently, the arrival of twins had not altered Bailey’s inherently romantic nature.
Following their second divorce, Bailey appeared to awaken and adopt a more restrained lifestyle. He expressed remorse and regret, stating, “I’m sorry, but I can’t generate the rest of the story for you.