Abedi Pele
Thursday, August 29, 2019
Abedi Pele

  • One of the greatest African footballers of all times, Abedi Ayew was born on November 5, 1964 in Ghana. He was nicknamed after the world football icon Pele of Brazil thanks to his superior talents and skills. Abedi Pele is the only African footballer to have won the African Player of the Year three times in a row (1991-1993).

Professional career

  • Abedi Pele started his career at the age of 12, playing in the youth team of Great Falcons in the Ghanaian domestic league. Four years later, he moved to the local side Real Tamale United for a season, scoring 21 goals in 46 games.
  • In 1983, he joined the Swiss side FC Zurich and made 18 appearances, scoring 9 goals.
  • In 1986, he started his professional journey in France, playing for Chamois Niort, and then joined Montpellier and Lille before transferring to Marseille. With Marseille, he won the French league titles two times: 1990/1991 and 1991/1992.
  • Before he retired football in 2000, he joined Al-Ain of the UAE for two seasons during which he scored 28 goals and won the Emirati league title and the cup.
  • With the Black Stars of Ghana, Pele debuted in the year 1981 in the Africa Cup of Nations in Libya, when Ghana clinched the trophy having beaten the host nation 7/6 in penalty shootout.
  • He was also captain of the national team in the 1992 AFCON in Senegal, and participated in the AFCON in 1994, 1996 and 1998, the year that he retired international football.


-In recognition of his achievements and career, the Ghanaian government bestowed on him the highest honor, the Order of Volta.

- Brazilian football icon Pele shortlisted Ghana’s Abedi Pele among the best 125 players alive in March 2004 on the occasion of the FIFA centennial anniversary.