May 28, 2024

Brazilian soccer legend Pelé dead at 82

Brazilian soccer legend, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, famously known as Pelé, passed away on Thursday in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The cause of death was said to be colon cancer. He was 82.

Pelé, who scored at least 1,281 goals, helped Brazil win three of its five World Cup championships in 1958, 1962 and 1970.

He became the original football icon in a long career for which he was named the “Player of the Century” in the year 2000. 

The Black soccer star grew up in poverty but became one of the world’s first athletes to be celebrated globally.

In Africa, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari joined world leaders in expressing grief over the death of Pelé.

In a tribute to the football legend on behalf of all Nigerians, President Buhari said, “May he rest in peace. He led a good life and made a huge contribution to the development of global football in particular and world sport in general. 

“He had an enormous generosity of spirit and humility despite his greatness as a footballer and sportsman. He also built bridges across nations, races and even religions. He was a UN Ambassador of goodwill. Pelé is gone but the world will never forget him. RIP. “

Sports fans credit Brazil’s soccer icon Pelé as the game’s global ambassador. He even broke a Guinness World Record for most goals scored in a single game.

Despite this tragedy, fans will keep Pelė in their hearts. In Sweden’s 1958 World Cup, he competed at seventeen years old. Historically, Pelė became the youngest Cup player.

The world knew Pelė’s father, Dondinho, as a famous soccer player. His family listened to games on the radio. Pelé played soccer outside and periodically came in to check the score. In the 1950 finals, Brazil tragically lost to Uruguay. Nine-year-old Pelé watched his father cry. Eight years later, Pelé returned the Jules Rimet trophy to Brazil.

Soccer aficionados remember Pelé’s extraordinary achievements. In 2002, Pelé became a patron of the ABC Trust. He donated many signed items to the organization. In 2018, he launched the Pelé Foundation to educate and empower impoverished children. British soccer player Harry Maguire calls him “a role model on and off the pitch.”

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1 year ago

Este foi o quarto artigo que acabei de ser relacionado a esse tem e foi o que mais deixou claro para mim. Gostei. São Paulo de Prêmios