Brazilian soccer legend of all time, Pelé, who won three world cups and became one of the most iconic figures in the world of soccer, has died at the age of 82.
Pelé suffered from colon cancer for years. He was admitted to a São Paulo hospital at the end of November for a respiratory infection and complications related to colon cancer.
Lately, his health conditions had worsened due to multiple organ failures associated with the progress of his cancer and which eventually caused his death, according to a statement from the Albert Einstein Hospital.
The name of Pelé has been on everyone’s lips for more than 60 years. His football performance has been outstanding. He played in four World Cups and is the only player in history to win three, but his legacy stretched far beyond his trophy and his remarkable scoring record.
Pelé played for Brazil in four World Cups and took the most prestigious title in the years 1958, 1962 and 1970 respectively. the exact number of goals Pelé scored during his career is unclear, and the Guinness World Records tally of him has come under scrutiny with many scored in unofficial matches.
“I was born to play soccer, just like Beethoven was born to write music and Michelangelo was born to paint,” Pelé said.
“Everything we are is thanks to you,” his daughter Kely Nascimento wrote in a post on Instagram, under an image of family members holding hands with Pelé. “We love you infinitely. Rest in peace.”
Following Pelé’s death, renowned international soccer players have attributed his professional achievements and continue to send their condolences to his close and immediate family. Names include Christiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Kylian Mbappé and many more.
In addition to coaching, the Brazilian soccer icon changed his nation’s status in the soccer world, raising the voices of the poor, blacks in particular, to compete in international arenas and win titles.
Considering Pele’s phenomenal soccer achievements domestically and internationally for his country, the Brazilian Soccer Federation and the Brazilian people owe him a lot.
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