The Brazilian king of soccer, Pelé, who won a record three World Cups, is dead.

He was hospitalized in late November and doctors said in December that he was dealing with cancer that had progressed along with kidney and heart problems.

In September 2021, he underwent surgery to remove a tumor from his colon.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest soccer players of all time, Pelé dazzled on the World Cup stage for Brazil and in club matches and international tours with his Santos team before helping generate a wave of enthusiasm around the game. sport in the United States with a career stint with the New York Cosmos.

His international career included 77 goals in 92 appearances, and he was named FIFA’s co-player of the 20th century along with Argentina’s Diego Maradona.

After retiring from Santos and international duty, Pelé joined the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League in 1975 and played there for three seasons.

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