(This article is authored by Alar)
Legendary Brazilian footballer Pele has passed away at the age of 82. He arrived at the Albert Einstein Israelite Hospital in Sao Paulo on November 29 and remained there, until his representative informed the Associated Press of his passing. He has been fighting colon cancer since September 2021, and a report from the doctor just before Christmas revealed that he needed treatment for cardiac and renal dysfunction.
The three-time World Cup winner and Brazilian legend has been showered with tributes from around the globe. Pele, whose given name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, made his professional debut with Santos at the age of 15 and with the Brazilian national team a year later. He made his international debut at the age of 17 during the 1958 World Cup.
He was the only player in history to win the World Cup three times (in 1958, 1962, and 1970) during his international career. On Thursday, December 29, 2022, he passed away after a long battle with cancer at the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo. In Santos, where he stayed for the most part of his life. His final years were spent in Guarujá. Football's global community from Messi to Christiano Ronaldo bids farewell to the three-time world champion
Pele inherited his passion for the game from his father. His dad, Dondinho, played centre forward for Brazilian clubs. At the time of his death, Pele was married to Aoki. The 82-year-old football icon, known as the "Black Pearl," impressed countless fans around the globe. The Memorial Necrópole Ecumênica, a vertical cemetery in Santos, is where the burial will take place and only close relatives are invited.
Brazilian legend Pelé has passed away at 82, one of the greatest of all time who changed the game.— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 29, 2022
A man with a god-given talent, one of the names who will remain forever in the memory.
All thoughts with the family.
RIP, legend 🕊️ pic.twitter.com/xxndio7gmM
RIP PELE 🇧🇷 💔 pic.twitter.com/s6H3RoUFkd— John Terry (@JohnTerry26) December 29, 2022
Dearest Pele! You and your game, and the way you played it, will always be #GameChanger for millions of people all the world. Whether they played football or not. Thank you for your inspiring life.🙏 #RipLegend #OmShanti #Pele pic.twitter.com/Uam4CZK0cr— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) December 30, 2022