The first global symbol of soccer, Pelé, a Brazilian hero who won three World Cups, has passed away at age 82.
His daughter Kely Nascimento captioned a photo of her and her family clutching Pele’s hands on Instagram, “Everything that we are, is owing to you.” “You have our utmost affection. Peace be with you.
Late in November, Pelé was hospitalised in So Paulo with complications from colon cancer and a respiratory infection. His health had gotten worse as his malignancy got worse, the hospital reported last week. According to a statement from Albert Einstein Hospital, he passed away on Thursday as a result of multiple organ failure brought on by the advancement of colon cancer.
Soccer has been associated with Pelé for more than 60 years. The only player in history to participate in all four World Cups and win three of them, he left a lasting impact that went far beyond his collection of awards and exceptional goal-scoring stats.
Pelé famously remarked, “I was born to play football, just like Beethoven was born to compose music and Michelangelo was born to paint.
Many people have paid tribute to the legendary soccer player. Santos FC, Pelé’s first team, tweeted “forever” along with a picture of a crown in response to the news.
Football player Neymar from Brazil claimed Pelé “changed everything.” He stated: “He converted football into art, into entertainment,” in a post on Instagram. He provided the underprivileged, black people, and most importantly, Brazil, a voice. Brazil and football have improved thanks to the King! Added he.
In a message on Instagram, Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo expressed his sympathies to Brazil, writing that “a single “goodbye” to the everlasting King Pelé will never be enough to explain the anguish that right now is engulfing the entire football world.”
The late Pelé was “the king of football,” according to Paris Saint-Kylian Germain’s Mbappé, but his legacy will go on forever.
Geoff Hurst, a former English soccer player, remembered Pelé on Twitter and referred to him as “without a doubt the best footballer I ever played against” (with Bobby Moore being the best footballer I ever played alongside). I was honoured to share the field alongside Pele, who I still consider to be the best player in history. Godspeed, Pele, and thanks.
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the incoming president of Brazil, paid tribute to Pelé on Twitter and noted that “few Brazilians took the name of our nation as far as he did.”
Despite the language’s differences from Portuguese, visitors from all over the world quickly learned how to pronounce the word “Pelé,” Lula continued.
I have so many memories of Pele, without doubt the best footballer I ever played against (with Bobby Moore being the best footballer I ever played alongside). For me Pele remains the greatest of all time and I was proud to be on the the pitch with him. RIP Pele and thank you. pic.twitter.com/oCpQlw7EIK— Sir Geoff Hurst (@TheGeoffHurst) December 29, 2022
According to a statement released by Santos FC on Thursday, a public wake for Pelé will be place on Monday at the Urbano Caldeira stadium, popularly known as Vila Belmiro and home to Santos football club, in Brazil’s So Paulo state.
Pele’s body will be transported from the Albert Einstein Hospital to the stadium at sunrise on Monday. The casket of the late soccer great will be positioned in the middle of the field.
Tuesday at 10 a.m. local time (8 a.m. ET), the wake at Vila Belmiro will conclude. Following that, a funeral procession will transport Pelé’s casket through the streets of Santos, including the avenue where Pelé’s 100-year-old mother, Celeste Arantes, lives.
The funeral procession will continue to the Memorial Necrópole Ecumênica cemetery in Santos, where a private service will be held just for family members.