The Brazilian legend Pelé has passed away at 82, he was one of the greatest of all time who changed the game. His God-given talent, will mean his name will remain forever in the memory of the world and etched in our hearts.
He was born around the time electricity came to his village and was named after Thomas Edison, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, globally known as Pele, had been undergoing chemotherapy earlier this year for his cancer treatment following the removal of a colon tumor from September 2021. Neither his family nor the hospital has said whether the cancer had spread to other organs. But in recent days his family had gathered at his bedside.
Pele, the athlete, came out of nowhere as well. In 1958, people turned on the television to watch the first international broadcast of the World Cup. Black and white screens flickered as a skinny 17-year-old, playing with imagination and verve, ran circles around seasoned veterans. By the end of that World Cup, the name Pele had shot across the globe. He turned the World Cup into that extraordinary spectacle that he is today. He was a global iconic before football became globalised, the first global football superstar at just 17 years of age before football became globalised.
The stars pay tribute:
The king of football has left us but his legacy will never be forgotten. RIP KING … says #Mbappe
Which was remarkable as he was born just over 50 years after slavery was abolished in Brazil.He used both his left and right foot he was one of a kind as a footballer. Even when Pele missed what remarkable.
In the 1960s and 1970s, Pele traveled the world with his club team Santos and his national team Brazil, entertaining crowds with his magical brand of soccer. He scored 1,281 goals in his 22-year career. But you didn’t have to see him to believe in him. His name became a myth that traveled to the far reaches of the world. The world wanted to touch, to witness Pele. Other than Muhammad Ali, no other athlete could rival the magnitude of his popularity.
Kely Nascimento, one of his daughters was at his side at the hospital during over Christmas.
“We decided with doctors that, for many reasons, it will be best for us to stay here, with all the care that this new family at Einstein gives us,” she wrote on Instagram. “We will even make some caipirinhas (no kidding). We love you and we will give up an update next week.”
Pele led Brazil to victory the 1958, 1962 and 1970 World Cups and remains one of the team’s all-time leading scorers with 77 goals. He was the only player to win three #FIFA Worlds Cup.