Pele, who was widely regarded as one of the greatest football players of all time, passed away from colon cancer at the age of 82. As the only person to have ever participated in all four World Cups and win three of them for Brazil, he holds the distinction of being the first global icon to ever come from the realm of sports. Additionally, he formerly served as Brazil’s Minister of Sports in a previous administration. As a result of his many accomplishments, the government of his home country of Brazil recognized him as a national treasure. Because of his passing, people from all over the world of football expressed their deepest condolences.
When Pele’s health started to deteriorate toward the end of November, he was taken to the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo and admitted there. He had an infection of the respiratory system as well as colon cancer. On the other hand, his cancer got progressively worse over time, and it was extremely challenging to make a significant improvement in his health. This football great passed away on Thursday, December 29, 2022, after suffering from a poor state for some weeks owing to the progression of colon cancer. His death was caused by the failure of several organs. Pele’s manager, Joe Fraga, has verified that the football player has passed away.
Pele’s daughter, Kely Nascimento, shared her post on Instagram, saying, “Everything that we are, is thanks to you,” under an image of family members holding Pele’s hands. “We love you infinitely. Rest in peace”.
Pele was born on October 23, 1940 in Tres Coracoes, which is located in Minas Gerais State, Brazil. His full name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento. His father, Joao Ramos do Nascimento, also known as Dondinho, was a Brazilian footballer who played in the center forward position. He was named after his father. Pele considered Dondinho to be his father. Dondinho also served as Pele’s mentor and coach. One of the most famous things that Pele ever said was, “I was born to play football, just like Beethoven was born to write music and Michelangelo was born to paint”. This is considered to be one of the most famous quotes from Pele.
Pele was a Brazilian national team forward who played for Brazil. During his career, he scored 1281 goals in 1363 games, which includes friendly club matches, games played for the Brazilian armed services, and foreign tours with Santos and the New York Cosmos. In his lifetime, he played for the Brazilian armed forces. This accomplishment was documented and later awarded the status of a Guinness World Record. In his international career, he scored 77 goals in 92 official appearances. Another Brazilian footballer named Neymar Jr. tied with this score with Pele at the end of the World Cup in 2022. Pele made a total of fourteen appearances in the World Cup, during which he scored 12 goals and assisted 10, including a year of 1970 in which he scored 4 goals and assisted 7. In addition, he was one of the players, along with Uwe Seeler, Miroslav Klose, Lionel Messi, and Cristiano Ronalo, who had the distinction of scoring goals in four different World Cup competitions. Pele was also recognized by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) as the “World’s Best and Most Successful Top Division Goal Scorer of all Time” in 2000. Pele scored 541 goals in a total of 560 games during his career. According to the RSSSF in 2021, Pele scored 775 goals in 840 official matches.
In a post on Instagram, Neymar said that, “Pele changed everything, He turned football into art, into entertainment. He gave a voice to the poor, to black people and especially: He gave visibility to Brazil. Football and Brazil have raised their status thanks to the King!”
Pele was considered by FIFA to be “the greatest player of all time,” making him one of the greatest players in the history of the sport. During the 20th century, he was recognized as one of the most successful and well-liked people in the sporting world. Pele was voted as a joint winner of the FIFA Player of the Century award in the year 2000. In addition to this, the International Olympic Committee recognized him as the Best Athlete of the 20th Century.
On Instagram, Cristiano Ronaldo said that, “a mere “goodbye” to the eternal King Pelé will never be enough to express the pain that currently engulfs the entire football world”.
Kulian Mbappe is quoted as saying, “The king of football has left us but his legacy will never be forgotten.”
On his Instagram account, Lionel Messi shared a photo of himself alongside Pele’s and wrote, “Rest in Peace, Pele.”
Pele participated in a total of four World Cup tournaments during the course of his career and won three of them (1958, 1962, and 1970). In 1958, he had five goals and an assist on one of those goals. He was given the nickname “O Rei,” which means “The King,” during this particular World Cup. Pele began his professional career in soccer when he was just 15 years old, and he did so for Santos. At the age of 16, he joined the Brazil national team and has been playing ever since. In his career with Santos as the team’s all-time leading goal scorer after tallying 643 tallies in 659 games played. Because of him, Santos was able to achieve the accomplishment of winning the Copa Libertadores and the Intercontinental Cup in the same years in 1962 and 1963. After learning of Pele’s passing, his former club, Santos, tweeted a picture of a crown with the phrase “Eternal” underneath it.
The body of Pele will be transferred from the Albert Einstein Hospital to Vila Belmiro, which is the location of the Santos Football team. During the Public Wake, his coffin will be positioned in the exact middle of the field of the stadium where it will take place. His body was still being displayed on the street of Santos, the city where Pele’s mother, who is now 100 years old, still resides. Following that, the Memorial Necropole Ecumênica cemetery in Santos will serve as his ultimate resting place. In memory of the legendary soccer player Pele, the Brazilian government has declared a three-day national holiday beginning on the day of his passing.
We owe a great deal of our appreciation for football to Pele, who taught us to appreciate the game’s aesthetic qualities. “RIP LEGEND”