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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Pele Paternity Pinned

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (x) -- Pele has lost a legal appeal against a woman who claims to be his daughter.


The Superior Court of Justice in Brasilia, the capital, threw out Pele's request for additional testing to determine whether he is the father of Sandra Regina Machado.


Judge Ruy Rosado de Aguiar Junior ruled late Wednesday that there already was ample evidence, including DNA tests, to show that Machado is indeed the daughter of soccer's greatest player.


Machado contends that Pele had an affair in 1963 with her mother, who worked as a housemaid in Santos when Pele was a star with the local Santos soccer club.


In June, Machado was awarded a new birth certificate with the surname of Pele, whose real name is Edson