Edinho, the son of Brazil football legend Pele,
has been sentenced to 33 years in prison.
The 43-year-old, a retired footballer himself, will serve the sentence for laundering money raised for
drug trafficking, the BBC has reported.
Edinho was first arrested back in 2005 and has served a sentence for drug trafficking offences, in addition to
having links with a notorious drug dealer in the city of Santos.
The son of the great Pele played as a goalkeeper for his father’s old club Santos in
Edinho, who currently works as a goalkeeping coach at Santos, reportedly says that he is a drug addict but denies the trafficking charges
levelled against him.
Brazilian media have not been able to reach Edinho, whose real name is Edson Cholbi do Nascimento. He is
expected to appeal.
Edinho is Pele’s third son from
his first marriage and was just five when the family moved to New York with his father playing for the Cosmos.
He was the Santos goalkeeper in 1995 when the team reached the
Brazilian league final, losing the title to Botafogo.
In 2006, Pele went to visit his son in jail and said: “God willing, justice will be done. There is not a shred of evidence against my
Pele won the World Cup in 1958, 1962 and 1970
and was acclaimed as the greatest footballer of his generation.