The Honorable Minister for Sports and Youth Development, Sunday Dare, joined the global sports community in mourning the passing of one of the greatest football icons in history, Edson Arantes Do Nascimento, known worldwide as Pelé.

Sports Minister Sunday Dare said Pele was more than just a footballer, describing him as a gift to sport and humanity. His name was synonymous with the name of the game of soccer.

His words: “Pele’s exploits cannot be forgotten. His successes were not only on the soccer field, they went beyond the field and reached people’s minds because he impacted humanity.

“It took a lot of people a long time to know that he was Brazilian, he was just a citizen of the world. He transcended borders and broke barriers.

“Therefore, it is not a surprise to see this outpouring of emotions at the news of his passing inspired by the fact that he has had a long battle with the disease.

Pelé passed away at the age of 82 after battling colon cancer.

He was the only player in history to win the World Cup three times after helping Brazil win the title in 1958, 1962 and 1970.

In 2000, he was named the FIFA Player of the Century. He also served as Minister of Sports in his country.

“He is unquestionably the best footballer of all time. May his soul rest in peace, ”concluded the Minister.

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