Pele, probably the greatest player in football history, passed away at the age of 82.
Over the course of a 21-year career, he is credited with scoring a world-record 1,281 goals in 1,363 games, including 77 goals in 92 international games.
Pele was selected as Fifa’s Player of the Century in 2000. Pele is the only player to have won the World Cup three times, taking home the trophy in 1958, 1962, and 1970.
Three days have been set aside for national mourning by President Jair Bolsonaro.
In recent years, Pele had experienced renal and prostate issues. In September 2021, the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo performed surgery to remove a colon tumour that had been found during normal examinations. In the latter days of November 2022, he was readmitted to the hospital.
Kely Nascimento, his daughter, often posted updates on social media from the hospital to inform her followers of her father’s status.
The hospital confirmed that Pele died “due to the failure of multiple organs, a result of the progression of colon cancer associated with his previous clinical condition”.
Santos, Pele’s old team, announced information about his funeral. His remains will be transported from the hospital to the club’s Estadio Urbano Caldeira on Monday morning, when the casket will be positioned in the centre of the field for mourners to pay their respects.
A private family funeral will be attended on Tuesday by a parade through the streets of Santos in Sao Paulo.
Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele, rose to fame when, at the age of 17, he assisted Brazil in winning the 1958 World Cup in Sweden. By the knockout rounds, he had forced his way into the starting lineup.
He scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Wales in the quarterfinals, three goals in a comeback victory over France in the semifinals, and two goals in a 5-2 victory over the hosts in the championship game.
At the age of 15, Pele made his club debut for Santos, scoring in a 7-1 victory over Corinthians de Santo André.
It was the first of 643 goals he would score for the club in official tournaments over the course of 19 years, while Santos claims the number is really more than 1,000 when exhibition matches are included, many of which were against illustrious European opponents.
Pele reportedly scored 1,283 goals in 1,367 games, according to the Brazilian Football Confederation and Santos, although Fifa believes it was 1,281 goals in 1,366 games.
Pele, then 21 years old, opened his team’s 1962 World Cup campaign with a magnificent solo goal in a 2-0 victory over Mexico, but he suffered an injury in the following game and had to watch as his team successfully defended their championship from the sidelines.
His most famous World Cup victory was the third of a trilogy. He was the focal point of a sensational offensive squad that swept to the victory in 1970, defeating Italy 4-1 in the final after being disqualified from the 1966 tournament in England.
Pele’s magical moments have transcended decades and defined the history of the sport, from his tears of joy on teammate Nilton Santos’ chest to his hug with England captain Bobby Moore.
He concluded his club career playing for the New York Cosmos alongside legendary German player Franz Beckenbauer and fellow 1970 World Cup champion Carlos Alberto in a star-studded squad.
His ability to make football a spectacle of natural elegance and beauty when he missed as much as when he scored is an easy way to gauge his brilliance.
Pele, one of the first international stars in the game, displayed his talent while playing for Santos as a youngster and New York Cosmos as a star earner.
Anywhere that football is played, Pele’s name will be associated with it.