Pele RIP News: Brazilian football legend Pele, 3-time World Cup champion who’s widely considered to be one of the best players ever, died at the age of 82.
The King of football and the Brazilian football legend Pele died at 82; he had been in the Albert Einstein Israelite Hospital in Sao Paulo since 29 November. His daughter Kely Nascimento paid tribute to her father.
What happened to him?
The former Santos FC star, widely regarded as the greatest footballer of all time, is the King of football. He had had cancer for a year; from November 29th, he was in Albert Einstein Israelite hospital.
A medical report just earlier Christmas disclosed that he needed care for cardiac and renal dysfunction and has been fighting colon cancer since September 2021.
He was among the most well-known sports celebrities of the 20th century and is regarded as one of the finest players of all time.
Brazilians rush to the hospital after news of Pele’s death
Albert Einstein Israelite Hospital doctors and family confirmed Pele’s death at age 82. As soon as they heard that Pele, arguably the greatest soccer player in history, had passed away, Antonio Pereira and his son began to run. They wanted to be there to honor him.
Antonio, after running 1.5 kilometers (almost a mile) to the hospital, where Pele died a month after being admitted for what turned out to be his final battle with colon cancer.
Pele’s Football Career
Pele born on October 23, 1940, in Tres Coraçoes, Brazil. Pele, whose real name was Edson Arantes do Nascimento, started playing for Santos at age 15 and for the Brazilian national team a year later. At the 1958 World Cup, he made his debut as a 17-year-old.
He was the only player to win World Cup 3 times during his international career, in 1958, 1962 & 1970. According to a statement from the hospital, he passed away on Thursday at 3:27 PM Brazilian time due to multiple organ failures brought on by his colon cancer.
Pele’s participation in the finals in 1962 and 1966 was limited by injury. Still, he helped Brazil win a third championship in Mexico in 1970 as a member of what is usually regarded as the best international team ever.
He recorded 77 goals in 92 games for his nation; Brazil’s top scorer personified the image of soccer as “the beautiful game,” one played with skill, pace, and imagination.
Pele’s contribution to Brazil’s third victory against Mexico in 1970 earned him a place in football lore because he was a vital member of the greatest international squad in history.
In 831 games throughout his illustrious 20-year career 1957 to 1977, he scored 757 goals. However, Santos contends the number was closer to 1,000.
He has rewarded with the FIFA Ballon d’Or Prix d’Honneur in honor of his career and achievements in 2013.
Footballers’ Reaction to the death of Pele from around the world
England World Cup winner Geoff Hurst said Pele “remains the greatest of all time.”
He said, “I have so many memories of Pele, undoubtedly the best footballer I have ever seen and played against – with Bobby Moore being the best footballer I met and played alongside.”
For me, “Pele stays the greatest of all time & I was proud to be on the pitch with him. RIP Pele, and thank you.”
Lionel Messi, another best footballers, widely considered one of the greatest of all time, shared condolences with his simple reflection: “Rest in peace.”
“A mere ‘goodbye’ to the King of football, Pele, will never be able to convey the pain that the entire football world is presently embracing,” Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, the only man to score in more World Cups than Pele, said.
Cristiano Ronaldo said, “An inspiration to so many millions, a reference yesterday, today, and forever. The love you always showed me was shared every moment, even from a distance. He will never be forgotten & his memory will stay forever in each and every one of us football lovers.”
Luis Eduardo, wearing a soccer jersey, said he was sad he had never had the chance to see Pele’s legendary talent in the flesh. But like virtually all Brazilians, he grew up hearing about his exploits.
“The first name I ever heard about in football was Pele, the greatest player of all time,” Luis Eduardo said.
Post on Pele’s official Instagram Account
Following his passing, a statement on Pele’s official Instagram account stated that the legend “enchanted the world.”
“Inspiration and love marked the Journey of Pelé, the King of football who peacefully passed away today.
“On this Journey, Edson charmed the world with his mastermind in sport, stopped a war, carried out social works all over the world & spread what he most desired to be the cure for all our problems; love.
“His message today will serve as a legacy for future generations and love, forever.”