Pele, 'O Rei' of Football Passes Away at 82

June 3, 2023


Pele, ‘O Rei’ of Football Passes Away at 82

Shaeran Rufus

BRAZIL: Edson Arantes do Nascimento also known as Pele passed away at the age of 82 after battling with a prolonged battle with colon cancer. The Brazilian footballer was immediately admitted to the hospital few weeks as his health started to worsen. The legend passed away in Albert Einstein Hospital in São Paulo.

As he emerged on the football games in 1958 World Cup, he was known as an O Rei (“The King”). At 15, the greatest football star made his debut in Santos FC

The 82 year old footballer was considered the greatest of all in the history of football. Pele scored 77 goals in more than 90 games as the joint-top goal-scorer for Brazil. Pele made Brazil shine brighter by winning three times FIFA World Cups in 1958, 1962, and 1970. The legend made 1279 goals in more than 1363 games acknowledged in the Guinness World Record.

Franz Beckenbauer, former football captain of Germany, said Pelé is the greatest player of all time. He reigned supreme for 20 years. There’s no one to compare with him”.

His eagle eye power shot at the opponent and ability to comprehend game in various attacking position were prolific. His curl shots in the football was much praised. His various attacking position were popularised among the then and today’s’ footballers.

Moreover star players like Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and others paid tribute the legend.

Pele career does not end here, after football he joined as Goodwill Ambassador for UNESCO. He also remained as an Extraordinary Minister for Sport in Brazil. His dedication for reducing the Brazilian corruption was remarkable that became famous as, Pelé law.

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