The late Brazilian soccer legend, death was announced by his manager, after battling colon cancer, has passed away at the age of 82.

Pelé won three World Cups for Brazil and scored more than a thousand goals, becoming soccer’s original icon.

The icon spent his club career with Brazilian giant Santos, where he scored 643 goals in 659 official matches between 1956 and 1974.

President Buhari is mourning soccer legend Pelé, saying the icon is gone but the world will never forget him.

In a statement signed by Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu said that Pele has contributed to the development of soccer worldwide.

He added that Pele built bridges that he used to connect the world.

He said: “Pele is gone, but the world will never forget him. RIP, may he rest in peace. He led a good life and made a great contribution to the development of world football in particular and world sport in general.

“He had enormous generosity of spirit and humility despite his greatness as a footballer and athlete.

“He also built bridges between nations, races and even religions. He was a goodwill ambassador for the UN. He was gone but the world will never forget him. RIP. “