Pele, who was known as the “Black Pearl” of football, has passed away. Sources say that the athlete died on Thursday, December 29, 2022. He was 82 years old.
His daughter shared the news on Instagram late Thursday night. Kely Cristina Nascimento, Pele’s daughter, posted a picture of several hands holding Pele’s hand on a social media site. She wrote, “Thanks to you, we are everything we are. We love you so much. Rest in peace.”
The former Brazilian footballer died of colon cancer after his body stopped responding to chemotherapy, according to reports. He was taken to the hospital early this month so that his cancer treatment could be looked at again.
After that, he was told he had an infection in his lungs. Pele had a colon tumour taken out in September of last year. Since then, he has been going to hospitals often.
Pele is known as one of the best forwards in football history. He played for his country for the first time when he was 16 years old. By the end of his career, he had scored 77 goals in 92 games, making him the team’s all-time leading scorer.
Pele was also the only player to win the FIFA World Cup three times, in 1958, 1962, and 1970. From 1956 to 1974, most of the forward’s career, he played for the Brazilian club Santos and scored 643 goals in 659 games. Pele finished his football career with two years with the New York Cosmos in the United States.
Pelé was born and raised in poverty in Sao Paulo, but he became one of the most famous athletes in modern history. At the FIFA World Cup in 1958, at the age of 17, he made his debut for the Brazil national football team as part of the 11-person team that would fight for the title.
He showed a wide range of skills and talent. He scored the only goal that won the game for Brazil against Wales in the quarterfinal, a hat-trick against France in the semifinal, and two against Sweden in the final, which helped Brazil win its first title. The public called him O Rei, The King, because of how well he played.
He went on to win the FIFA World Cup three times, in 1958, 1962, and 1970. He is the only player in history to have done this.
He was Brazil’s best No. 10 forward. He was known for his skill with both feet, his speed, and his endurance. During his career, which went from 1957 to 1977, he scored 757 goals in 831 official games.
In its official issue, the Fédération International de Football Association (FIFA) mourned the loss of the legend and talked about how much he meant to the sport “After the 1970 title, football in the country was split into two eras: before Pelé and after him.
For the next 20 years, Brazilians talked about who was their next best player. People disagree on whether Garrincha, Rivellino, Zico, Romario, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, or Neymar is the second-best Brazilian footballer of all time, but Pelé will always be thought of as the best.”
Several well-known people and active players took to social media to express their sadness and condolences over the death of the “black pearl.”
Barack Obama, who used to be President of the United States, sent out a tweet “Pelé was one of the best soccer players in history. As one of the most famous athletes in the world, he knew how sports could bring people together. We’re thinking about his family and all the people who loved and respected him.”
Adidas designed shoes and made them “Take four letters and make them last forever. Change a game so that it will never be the same again. obrigado, Rei. obrigado, Pelé.”
Erling Haaland, a promising young player for Manchester City, tweeted “Pelé did everything that every other player does. RIP.”
Neymar, a famous soccer player from Brazil, shared a touching post about his father: “10 was just a number before Pelé. I remember reading this phrase at some point in my life. But this beautiful sentence isn’t finished. Before Pelé, I would say that football was just a sport.
A inspiração e o amor marcaram a jornada de Rei Pelé, que faleceu no dia de hoje.
Amor, amor e amor, para sempre.
Inspiration and love marked the journey of King Pelé, who peacefully passed away today.
Love, love and love, forever. pic.twitter.com/CP9syIdL3i
— Pelé (@Pele) December 29, 2022
Pelé has made a big difference. He made football into a form of art and fun. He spoke up for the poor and the black people, but most of all, he made Brazil known. Thanks to the King, both soccer and Brazil have become more well-known. Even though he’s gone, his magic lives on. Pelé is FOREVER “using Instagram.
Pelé’s leaving has left a hole in the lives of fans and players that will never be filled. After all, it’s not every day that the Nigerian government and the secessionist State of Biafra agreed to stop fighting for 48 hours during a civil war in 1969 so that the public could watch Pelé do his magic for Santos in a football game against the Nigerian Super Eagles.
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1. How Did Pele Get his Name?
Pelé was born on October 23, 1940, as Edson Arantes do Nascimento. Thomas Edison was his parents’ choice for a name. When he was a young boy, he couldn’t say the name of his favorite player, a goalkeeper named Bilé who played with his father at a local club. This is how he got the nickname “Pelé.”
2. What Does Pele Mean?
The Hebrew name Pele is mostly used for boys and means “miracle” or “wonder.” Pele is a football player.
3. How Many Goals Pele Scored?
Pelé scored 1,279 goals in 1,363 games, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. It says that he scored more goals in “special appearances” after his career ended, but it doesn’t say what those appearances were. Pelé played a few more games after he retired for good in 1977.