The son of Brazilian soccer legend Pele has been sentenced to 33 years in prison after being found guilty of laundering money for an alleged drug cartel. Edinho, full name Edson Cholbi do Nascimento, like his father was a soccer professional and played goalkeeper for the same team like his father, Santos.
Edinho, who played goalkeeper and retired in the 1990s has had his share of run-ins with the law. His retirement came after a conviction of killing a motorcyclist although the decision was later overturned. He was first arrested in 2005 for drug trafficking offences and served a prison sentence.
At the time of his 2005 conviction he openly admitted to having a marijuana problem but denied being involved in drug trafficking. The former Santos goalkeeper this time around has been found guilty of trying to use his father’s name to provide an air of legitimacy for businesses that were going to be used to launder cartel money.
The judge presiding over the case gave the same sentence to four other alleged cartel members, along with ordered a seizure of over 100 vehicles that belonged to the head of the cartel. Media reports coming out of Brazil state that the legend’s son will appeal his sentence, up until which time he will not be jailed.
Brazil´s soccer legend Pele
Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele, regarded as one of the greatest footballers to grace the planet, lead Brazil to three World Cup trophies and has played a significant ambassadorial role in bringing the 2014 FIFA World Cup to Brazil.