Abedi Ayew Pele, born on November 5, 1964, in Kibi, Eastern Region, Ghana, is a former professional footballer who is widely regarded as one of Africa's greatest football icons. He earned the nickname "Pele" due to his exceptional skills and resemblance to the Brazilian football legend. Abedi Pele's career spanned over two decades, during which he played as an attacking midfielder and forward. He began his professional journey with Ghana's local club, Real Tamale United, before moving to Europe to join Swiss club FC Zurich. His performances in Switzerland caught the attention of French club Marseille, where he achieved immense success and became a household name. At Marseille, Abedi Pele played a pivotal role in the club's golden era, winning numerous domestic and continental titles. He was instrumental in Marseille's UEFA Champions League triumph in 1993, where he captained the team and showcased his exceptional skills, vision, and leadership on the pitch. Abedi Pele also had a successful international career, representing the Ghana national team, the Black Stars. He played in three FIFA World Cup tournaments (1992, 1994, and 1996) and helped Ghana reach the final of the Africa Cup of Nations in 1992, earning the title of African Footballer of the Year for that year. Known for his technical brilliance, creativity, and ability to score crucial goals, Abedi Pele was admired for his elegance, grace, and versatility on the field. His impressive career and achievements have made him an icon not only in Ghana but also across the African continent. After retiring from professional football, Abedi Pele has remained actively involved in the sport, promoting youth development and nurturing talent through his football academy. His dedication to the game and his impact as a role model continue to inspire generations of aspiring footballers in Ghana and beyond.
ABEDI AYEW PELE
A football legend and a coach, whose 4 children have become football starsHe is the only man to have won the African Player of the Year award three consecutive times (1991–93). As an attacking midfielder with Olympique de Marseille in France, Abedi Pelé is one of the first African players to have an impact on club football in Europe.Having been given the nickname "Pelé" in recognition of his superior ability, which evoked comparisons with Brazilian great Pelé, Abedi Pelé’s nomadic career began with Real Tamale in Ghana in 1978. He became a member of Ghana’s national team, the Black Stars, who won the African Cup of Nations in Libya in 1982.
Date of Birth: Nov 05, 64
Place of Birth: Kibi,
Eastern Region, Ghana