Pele’s mother, Celeste, was crucial throughout the Brazilian player’s career and now that “O’Rei” has passed away we take a look back at some of the stories they had.
Celeste recently turned 100 years old and Edson Arantes do Nascimento took to Instagram to dedicate some kind words to the woman that gave birth to him.
Pele was training with the Brazilian National Team in Teresopolis prior to the 1966 England FIFA World Cup, when he noticed that his mother had arrived to the training grounds unannounced and as soon as he realized, he ran to hug her.
O’Globo had recently named her “Brazilian Mother of the Year”.
She was the wife of Joao Ramos do Nascimento, known as Dondinho.
Celeste was born in Tres Coracoes, Minas Gerais in Brazil, but when Pele was a kid they moved to Bauru, where he found success at a very young age, being encouraged by his mother to pursue his dreams in soccer.