Legendary Ghanaian footballer Abedi Ayew ‘Pele’ has disclosed that he became a house owner at 17.

“We went to Libya in 1982 and then we came down, so I will say that at the age of 17 or 17-and-half, I had turned professional, and my first professional country was to go to Qatar for about two years, I won every trophy,” Abedi told Bola Ray in an interview.

“I earned $10,000 at the time, 20 to 22 years ago and RTU had a signing-on fee of $50,000 to $60,000. I tell you it was a huge amount. I had no amount for signing but I had my salaries and bonuses.

“When I came [to Ghana], I built a small house at Alajo getting to the railway line, so at the age of 17-18, I had built my first house,” he said.