Pele's son Edinho sentenced to 33 years in prison

The son of former Brazil football star Pele has been sentenced to 33 years in prison for laundering money earned from drug trafficking.

Brazil's former football star Pele Credit: Reuters

Edson Cholbi do Nascimento, known as Edinho, served a jail sentence for drug trafficking between 2005 and 2006. At the time, he admitted to being a drug addict but denied trafficking charges.

He played as a goalkeeper for Pele's former club Santos.

The 43-year old was found guilty of money-laundering in the Brazilian city of Praia Grande. Four other men accused of being part of the same gang received similar sentences.