Pele, 75, nails marriage hat-trick with 6-year partner

'LOVE FOREVER': Pele met Aoki, 42, in the 1980s but they started dating only in 2010. They will marry tomorrow.


    Jul 11, 2016

    Pele, 75, nails marriage hat-trick with 6-year partner


    BRAZIL football legend Pele is getting married tomorrow for the third time, tying the knot with his girlfriend of six years, Marcia Cibele Aoki.

    Pele, 75, told O Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper that, this time, he has found "love forever".

    The couple met in New York in the 1980s but started seeing each other only in 2010, when they crossed paths in a lift in Sao Paulo.

    Aoki, a 42-year-old businesswoman, has been by the three-time world champion's side for nearly all his public appearances since 2012, as well as during his repeated hospital visits in recent years.

    Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Pele is held by many as being the greatest footballer in history.

    He scored 1,281 goals in 1,363 matches, appeared 91 times for Brazil between 1957 and 1971, and played his club football for Brazil's FC Santos as well as the New York Cosmos.