Pele: Brazil football legend dies aged 82

Brazilian soccer legend Pelé dies at 82

During his 21-year career, he set a global record with 1,281 goals in 1,363 appearances, including 77 goals in 92 matches for his country. He died at a Sao Paulo hospital where he had been getting treatment since November.

Pele, whose actual name was Edson Arantes do Nascimento, had recently suffered from kidney and prostate problems. In September 2021, he was diagnosed with colon cancer.

A statement from Sao Paulo’s Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein a week before his death stated that Pele needed “more treatment related to renal and cardiac dysfunctions” due to the “progression” of his cancer.

Kely Nascimento, Pele’s daughter and family, spent the Christmas holidays by his bedside in the hospital. His daughter published this on Instagram: “Everything we are is thanks to you. We love you infinitely. Rest in peace.”

Pele was selected as Fifa’s Player of the Century in 2000. Pele is the only player to have won the World Cup three times, taking home the trophy in 1958, 1962, and 1970.

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In September 2021, the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo performed surgery to remove a colon tumor found during normal examinations. In the final days of November 2022, he was readmitted to the hospital.

Santos, Pele’s old team, announced information about his funeral. His body remains will transport from the hospital to the club’s Estadio Urbano Caldeira on 2 January 2023, morning. The coffin will be in the center of the field for mourners to pay their respects.

What made Pele great ?
Scored a reported 1,281 goals in 1,363 gamesMade 14 appearances at World Cup finals, scoring 12 goals
He racked up 126 goals in 1959 aloneThe only player to win three World Cups

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