Football legend, Pele’s will names a woman whose mother had an affair with him in the 1980s and she will get a share of his fortune
A woman who claims to be football legend Pele’s secret child is trying to get a share of the late footballer’s estate.
The player, who died of colon cancer at the age of 82 on December 29, officially had seven children.
Now Maria do Socorro Azevedo claims her mother had an affair with the World Cup winner in the 1980s. She will undergo a DNA test to determine if Pele is genetically compatible.
A source told the Mirror: “Pelé mentioned in his will the existence of Maria do Socorro Azevedo, who could be his daughter, and officially declared that she should receive part of his property if the DNA test confirmed paternity. “.
“It seems that Pelé used the will to inform his family of the heir.”
Pelé’s daughter-in-law, Gemima Lemos McMahon, is also petitioning Brazilian courts to be named Pelé’s heiress. His mother, Assiria, was Pelé’s second wife.
His estate is believed to be valued at between £12m and £75m.
The three-time World Cup winner had been hospitalized in Sao Paulo since late November before his death on December 29.
Pelé burst onto the world stage aged 17 at the 1958 World Cup, helping Brazil claim the first of their record five wins in the competition.
He also helped Brazil win the world in 1962 and 1966, and returned to lead his country to glory for a third time in Mexico in 1970, as part of what is widely regarded as the greatest line-up ever. all time.
Pelé was a prodigious goalscorer and is credited with 1,281 of them throughout his career by the official FIFA website.