Abedi Ayew, well-known as Abedi Pele, is a former professional football player. Pele assumed the attacking midfielder position and served as the captain of the Ghana National Team.

He represented several European clubs in his career and is considered one of the greatest African football players

Pele mostly played wearing the No. 10 jersey but wore No.19 playing for 1860 Munich. He is also on FIFA 22 with an overall rating of 89.

Quick Info
Full NameAbedi Ayew
NicknameAbedi Pele
Date Of BirthNovember 5, 1964
Birth PlaceKibi, Eastern Region, Ghana
OccupationHead Coach and Former Footballer
Age57 years old
Jersey No.#10
PositionAttacking Midfielder
Height5 ft 9 in (1.74 m / 174 cm)
Weight76 kg (167 lbs)
Marital StatusMarried
Wife/PartnerMaha Ayew
Children4 (Rahim Ayew, Andre Ayem, Jordan Ayew, and daughter Imani Ayew)
SiblingKwame and Sola Ayew
Net Worth$2 million

Early Life and Background

Born on November 5, 1964, Abedi Pele hails from Kibi, Eastern Region, Ghana. Pele holds Ghana nationality and comes from an African ethnic background. He was born under the star sign Scorpio.

Unfortunately, Pele has not shared much information about his parents. However, prabook.com claim Pele often helped his mother in selling coal.

Although there is limited information regarding his family, sources claim his mother used to run all-around while his father was a professional runner.

Abedi Pele
Image Source: Modern Ghana

Pele also has two siblings – Kwame and Sola Ayew. Regarding his educational qualifications, Pele attended Ghana Senior High School in Tamale.

Pele received his nickname “Pele” as his playing style in football was similar to the Brazilian athlete Pele. He was introduced to “colts” football after recruitment in high school.

Abedi Pele’s Stats

Discussing his physical stats, Pele stands at 5 ft 9 in (1.74 m / 174 cm) and weighs around 76 kg (167 lbs). The former athlete is 57 years old as of 2022, and he has brown eyes. However, his body measurements are unavailable and under review.


Club Highlights

Abedi Pele’s career started in 1970 with the Great Falcons youth team. However, his nomadic career began after joining Real Tamale United in Ghana in 1978, where he made 46 appearances and secured 21 goals. In 1982, Pele left Ghana for Al Sadd for a transfer fee of $1,000. The following year, he played for FC Zurich and returned to Ghana.

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Pele committed to AS Dragons DC de I’Oueme in 1984 but left to play for Real Tamale United for one season. Later on, his career in Europe commenced after joining Chamois Niort.

Afterward, Pele joined Marseille and transferred to Lille on loan. He won four league championships and two European Cups final appearances while playing for Lille. 

Later on, Pele joined Lyon after his loan ended and committed to Torino in 1994. Pele ended his European career with 1860 Munich.

After Munich, Pele signed a two-year contract with AI Ain and was nominated as one of the best foreign players to play in the UAE league.

Pele has made 479 appearances with 159 goals in his overall career, playing for numerous clubs.

International Highlights

Pele made 73 appearances and secured19 goals to his name, representing Ghana. Although he has represented Ghana in numerous games, he never got an opportunity to play in the FIFA World Cup.

His performances against Zambia, Congo, and Nigeria earned him the nickname “The African Maradona.” 

Abedi Pele
Image Source: GHANA Soccernet

Furthermore, the former footballer holds the record for the most appearances at the Nations Cup Finals.

Awards and Achievements

Abedi Pele has won three France Football African Player of the Year, including the BBC African Sports Star of the Year winner in 1992 and the 2x Confederation of African Football award.

Life after Retirement

After retiring from football, Pele became the Head Coach and President of the first division club, Nania, in 2004. In addition, Pele has been involved in numerous charity works in Africa.

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Who is Abedi Pele Married to?

Abedi Pele is a happily married man. Pele is married to Maha Ayew, who rose to fame as she is the wife of the former Ghanaian player Pele.

Maha has supported her husband since the start. Maha is of Lebanina descent. The couple is blessed with four children – three sons and one daughter. 

Abedi Pele
Image Source: Imani’s Instagram

Pele’s three sons – Rahim Ayew, Andre Ayem, and Jordan Ayew – took their father’s exact path. They have already played and represented Ghana’s national team. His daughter, Imani Ayew, is an Instagram model with thousands of fans following her on her socials.

What is Abedi Pele’s Net Worth?

Abedi Pele has played football for years and has accumulated a handsome sum of money representing several clubs, including Marseille, Mulhouse, Torino, and 1860 Munich.

After playing and representing such teams, he earned a lot of money, and sources claim that Pele has a net worth estimated at more than $2 million, including his assets and income.

Social Media Presence

Most athletes use and are on social media platforms. However, Pele has stayed away from such platforms. Pele was not found on social media platforms, including Instagram and Twitter, with time dedicated to research.

Although Pele is not social, his daughter Imani is very famous on Instagram @imani_ayew. Imani is an Instagram model with more than 46 k fans following. 

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