Edson Arantes do Nascimento, widely known as Pelé, has passed away at the age of 82. He was a legendary Brazilian football player who was universally regarded as one of the greatest of all time. He was readmitted to a hospital in São Paulo in November 2021 due to his deteriorating health caused by the progression of his colon cancer, which he had a tumor removed from the previous year.
Pelé had a remarkable career in football, having won three World Cups with Brazil, scoring 77 goals in 92 appearances for his country. He was known for his captivating skill and athleticism on the field, and was one of only three players to have scored in four World Cups. In his 1,363 games, he scored over 1,281 goals, which was more than twice as many as his nearest rival at the time of his retirement in 1977. He was nicknamed “the Black Pearl” and “the King” and was the linchpin of the beguiling Brazil team that won the 1970 World Cup in Mexico, making his canary yellow No. 10 shirt an icon of the sport.
The 1970 World Cup triumph is what Pelé will be best remembered for. The Brazil team that won that year’s tournament in such style has become a myth and is held up as the ultimate exponents of the beautiful game. Pelé was their figurehead and inspiration, and World Soccer described the team as “more than a team”.
Pelé was more than just a football player. He was an inspiration and a source of love for many people all over the world. He spread what he believed was the cure for all our problems, which was love. His message of love and his remarkable journey has become a legacy for future generations.
The news of Pelé’s passing has sparked tributes from all over the world. The Brazilian government declared three days of mourning, and the arch at Wembley Stadium was lit in the colors of Brazil. Icons of sport and heads of state have paid their respects to the man who rose from childhood poverty to become a legend.
In conclusion, Pelé was a footballing genius who left an indelible mark on the sport. He brought joy and inspiration to millions of people all over the world, and his legacy will continue to live on for generations to come. He will always be remembered as one of the greatest football players of all time, and his impact on the sport will never be forgotten.