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Pele, Brazil’s Legend Dies at 82

The Brazilian king of soccer is dead at 82 after battle with cancer.

Brazilian Legend Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pele, who is the only player in history to win three world cups has passed away at the age of 82. Report says he died on Thursday at the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo following a battle with cancer. The Brazilian king of soccer had undergone treatment for colon cancer since 2021.

A message on Pele’s official Twitter account on Thursday read “Inspiration and love marked he journey of King Pele, who peacefully passed away today. Love, love and love, forever.”

Pele was widely regarded as one of soccer’s greatest players, with 77 goals in 92 matches. He won the world cup in 1958 as a 17-year-old, netting twice in the final to defeat hosts Sweden. He won the world cups of 1958, 1962 and 1970 with Brazil.

In total, Pele scored 12 goals in 14 world cup appearances and provided 10 assists, the most by any player in the history of soccer. He was labelled “the greatest” by FIFA and was among the most successful and popular sports figures in the 20th century. He had 1,279 goals in 1, 363 games, including friendlies, earning him a spot in the Guinness World Record.

Tributes have poured in from the world of football and beyond since the death of the legend was announced. Kylian Mbappe tweeted “The king of football has left us but his legacy will never be forgotten. RIP KING.” The Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio and Wembley Stadium in London is lit with the colors of the Brazilian flag in tribute to Pele,” tweeted ESPN.

Three days mourning for Pele have been declared by the Brazilian government.

 

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