Football legend Pele poses with six Brazil champion medals during a ceremony in Rio de Janeiro on December 22, 2010 (AFP) photo:  Caio Leal
Football legend Pele poses with six Brazil champion medals during a ceremony in Rio de Janeiro on December 22, 2010 (AFP) photo: Caio Leal
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Cheers to Living Football Legend Pele; Also Celebrating Ryan Reynolds

Yvonne Williams

Pele

Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Pele is arguably the best footballer in the history of football.

He was officially named after Thomas Edison, but it’s believed he earned the nickname “Pele” during childhood after the way he pronounced the goalkeeper for his hometown Vasco da Gama team, Bilé.

He scored 1,281 goals in 1,363 matches, and was voted Football Player of the Century by the IFFHS in 1999.

In 1962, he led Santos to victory in four out of four competitions, becoming the first team to achieve a quadruple. He dedicated his 1,000th goal to the poor children of Brazil.

He was married to Rosemeri dos Reis Cholbi from 1966 to 1982 and Assiria Nascimento from 1994 to 2008. He married his third wife, Marcia Aoki, in 2016. He had two daughters and a son with Rosemeri and a pair of twins with Assiria.

He retired from international play in 1971 after scoring 77 goals in 92 appearances for the Brazilian national team and 40 years later, the great Ronaldo retired after scoring 62 goals in 98 appearances with Brazil – second behind only Pele.

Pele turns 76 years today!

Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Rodney Reynolds is a Canadian actor and producer. He debuted in a Canadian-produced teen Nickelodeon soap opera titled Fifteen. He made his film debut in the 1993 movie, Ordinary Magic.

He portrayed Michael Bergen on the ABC sitcom Two Guys and a Girl and Billy Simpson in the YTV Canadian teen soap opera Hillside.

He has appeared in films such as Definitely, Maybe, The Proposal, Green Lantern, Safe House, and National Lampoon’s Van Wilder and in 2016, he starred as the title character in the superhero film Deadpool.

Ryan was voted People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive in 2010.

He married actress Scarlett Johansson in September 2008, and the couple divorced in July 2011. He then married Blake Lively in South Carolina on September 9, 2012 and the couple had their first child, a daughter named James, in December of 2014 followed by their second child in September 2016.

Ryan turns 40 years today!

Happy Birthday!

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