Pele, who is largely referred to as the greatest footballer of all time, died on 29 December, 2022, after battling colon cancer for over a year.
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
Prior to his passing, the former player had been in and out of hospitals with the months leading up to it seeing him hospitalised more frequently. Besides the cancer, the 82-year-old was suffering from several other ailments.
Pele was married three times and had seven children, however, sources claim that he likely had more kids because of his numerous extramarital affairs.
He had played actively between 1956 and 1977, plying his trade for Brazilian club Santos and the national team. The phrase “The Beautiful Game”, which is now used to describe football was popularised by Pele.
As the only player, both active and retired, to have won three FIFA World Cups, he is easily the most successful player when it comes to international tournaments. While his official goal count stands at 733, he is said to have scored a total of 1,279 goals if you count his tally from friendlies.
His passing drew comments from several notable figures, footballers, football clubs, associations and more.
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