While the debate over the greatest soccer player of all time (GOAT) still rages, the one many consider unrivaled in that argument, Pelé, born Edson Arantes de Nascimento, has died.
the only three times World cup winner and author of more than 1000 goals for clubs and country passed away on Thursday at the Albert Einstein Jewish HospitalSao Paulo, after fighting colon cancer.
He was 82 years old.
Before finally passing away on Thursday, Pele had been in and out of the hospital for the past several months. He had been suffering from kidney and prostate problems for the past few years.
Pelé underwent surgery to remove a tumor from his colon in September 2021 after the tumor was detected in routine tests. He was readmitted to the hospital at the end of November 2022, where he passed away.
While Pelé is well known for his skill and achievements for the Brazil national team, he also had a fulfilling career with the club despite not making it to Europe.
At club level, his 18-year spell at Brazilian side Santos is littered with records and trophies.
Pelé won six Brazilian titles and two Copa Libertadores crowns with Santos
He then spent his last two years as a player in the burgeoning NASL with the New York Cosmos, and in most of his years after his retirement, he worked as an ambassador around the world.
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Before Pelé’s death on Thursday, his daughter Kely Nascimento kept fans informed about her father’s condition with regular updates on the hospital’s social media channels.
After his death on Thursday, she posted a photo of what appeared to be Pele’s family’s hands on her body at the hospital, writing: “All we are is because of you. We love you infinitely. Rest in peace.”
Pele’s verified Twitter account later posted: “Inspiration and love marked the journey of King Pele, who passed away peacefully today. Love, love and love, forever.”
Inspiration and love will mark the day of Rei Pelé, who passed away today.
Love, love and love, forever.
Inspiration and love marked the path of King Pelé, who passed away peacefully today.
Love, love and love, forever. pic.twitter.com/CP9syIdL3i
— Pele (@Pele) December 29, 2022
The Brazilian Football Confederation said: “Pele was much more than the best athlete of all time.
“Our king of soccer was the greatest exponent of a victorious Brazil, which was never afraid of difficulties. He promised his father a World Cup and gave us three.
“The King gave us a new Brazil and we are very grateful for his legacy. Thanks, Pele.
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