February 3, 2023

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Pelé: Brazilian football legend dies at the age of 82

Obituary: Brazilian legend Pele dies at the age of 82

Brazilian soccer legend Pele, arguably the greatest player of all time, has died at the age of 82.

He is credited with scoring a world record 1,281 goals in 1,363 games during his 21-year career, including 77 goals in 92 games for his country.

The only player to win the World Cup three times, in 1958, 1962 and 1970, Pele was named Fifa Player of the Century in 2000.

He had suffered from kidney and prostate problems in recent years.

Pele underwent surgery to remove a tumor from his colon at Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo in September 2021 after routine tests detected the tumor. He was hospitalized again in late November 2022.

His daughter Kely Nascimento has been keeping fans updated on her father’s condition with regular social media updates from the hospital.

On Thursday, she posted a picture of Pele’s family’s hands on his body in hospital and wrote: “Everything we are we owe to you. we love you endlessly Rest in peace.”

Pele celebrates winning the 1970 World Cup

The hospital confirmed that Pele died “due to multiple organ failure resulting from the progression of colon cancer related to his previous clinical condition.”

Pele’s Twitter account wrote: “Inspiration and love shaped the journey of King Pele who passed away peacefully today. Love, love and love forever.”

The Brazilian Football Confederation said: “Pele was much more than the greatest athlete of all time.

“Our football king was the greatest representative of a victorious Brazil, who was never afraid of difficulties. He promised his father a World Cup and gave it to the three of us.”

“The King has given us a new Brazil and we are so grateful for his legacy. Thank you, Pele.”

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pelé, became a world star when, at the age of 17, he helped Brazil win the 1958 World Cup in Sweden and made his way into the starting XI in the knockout stages.

He scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Wales in the quarter-finals, a hat-trick against France in the semi-finals and two goals in a 5-2 win over the hosts in the final.

Scored 1,281 goals in 1,363 games. 14 World Cup appearances, scoring 12 goals. Scored 126 goals in 1959 alone. Only player to win three world championships

Pele had made his Santos debut two years earlier at the age of 15, scoring in the 7-1 win over Corinthians de Santo Andre.

It was the first of 643 goals he scored for the club in official competitions over 19 years, although Santos claims the total is more than 1,000 external link when exhibition games – often against top-flight European opponents – are factored in.

The Brazilian Football Confederation and Santos say Pele has scored 1,283 goals in 1,367 games, while Fifa claim it was 1,281 goals in 1,366 games.

At the 1962 World Cup, then 21-year-old Pele scored a brilliant one-on-one goal in a 2-0 win over Mexico to open the season, but was injured in the next game and watched his team defend the title from the sidelines.

The last part of his trilogy of World Cup victories was his most iconic. After being fouled at the 1966 tournament in England, he was the lynchpin of a thrilling attacking side that swept to the title in 1970, scoring the opener in a 4-1 win over Italy in the final.

From his tears of joy on his team-mate Nilton Santos’ chest to his embrace with England captain Bobby Moore, Pele’s magical moments have spanned eras and shaped the history of the sport.

He ended his club career as part of a star-studded New York Cosmos side, where he played alongside German legend Franz Beckenbauer and his 1970 compatriot Carlos Alberto.

“In music there is Beethoven and the others. In football there is Pele and the others,” he said in 2000.

In a BBC Sport poll in 2020, Pele was voted the greatest player ahead of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Diego Maradona and Johan Cruyff.

Pele and Bobby Moore

“A brilliant boy, a World Cup hero, a global icon”

Phil McNulty, BBC Sport’s chief football writer

The image of shirtless Pele being carried aloft by team-mates and fans after winning the 1970 World Cup in Mexico City is etched into memory, along with the famous image of another shirtless hug with England captain Bobby Moore (above ). a gesture of mutual respect following Brazil’s 1-0 group stage win in Guadalajara.

His greatness can be measured by the simple fact that he could make football a spectacle of natural grace and beauty when he missed as much as when he scored.

One of the game’s first global personalities, Pele has spanned his brilliance across a career spanning from a teenager at Santos to a revenue generator at New York Cosmos.

Wherever football is played, the name Pelé becomes synonymous with it.

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