Brazilian football legend Pele dies at age 82

Brazilian football legend Pele dies at age 82.
Brazilian football legend Pele dies at age 82. Photo by Nelson-Antoine /

Pele passed away in a Sao Paolo hospital following a long battle with cancer 

Brazilian football legend Pele has died after fighting a long battle with cancer. According to a report in the BBC, details of his death were confirmed by his family and agent.  

Following Pele´s death, his daughter Kely Nascimento took to Instagram, as the news broke to post a tribute to her father.  

She wrote “Everything we are is thanks to you”, adding, “We love you infinitely. Rest in peace”.  

The 82-year-old three-time World Cup winner, whose real name is Edson Arantes, had a tumour removed from his colon in September 2021, but was admitted again on November 29, at the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo. The report said that he was also suffering from heart and kidney problems.  

Considered as one of the greatest footballers to ever play the sport, Pele was the only player to win the World Cup three times as he led Brazil to World Cup victories in 1958, 1962, and 1970. 

Pele became a global star following his first World Cup victory against Sweden in 1958. Records made by him during his career have still not been broken, as he continues to remain Brazil´s leading goal scorer with 77 goals scored in 92 games. Aside from this, he also holds a world record for scoring 1,281 goals in 1,363 appearances during a 21-year career.


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