Legendary Brazilian footballer Edson Arantes do Nascimento ‘Pele‘ died here on Thursday at the age of 82. He was battling stomach cancer since 2021 and was hospitalized for the last one month. He had been admitted to the Albert Einstein Israeli Hospital in São Paulo since 29 November. Pele was also suffering from kidney and cardiac dysfunction. Official information about the death of three-time World Cup winner Pele has been given by his family members. Giving information about his death on Instagram, Pele’s daughter Kelly Nascimento wrote, ‘Whatever we are, it is because of you. We love you infinitely. Rest in Peace.
Part of the three-time World Cup winning team, Pele was one of the greatest football players of this century. His death was confirmed by his agent Joe Fraga. For two decades, he served in the Brazil national team and the Brazilian club Santos. He had celebrated this game and the iron of Brazil in the whole world. He took Brazil to new heights in the football world.
Took part in the World Cup for the first time in 1958
Pele, known as The King, participated in the World Cup for the first time in Sweden in 1958 at the age of 17. Pele, who scored twice against the hosts in the final match, was carried on the shoulders by fellow players after the victory. Brazil won the match 5–2. Due to injury in the next World Cup, he could play only two matches. However, Brazil was still crowned champion. The 1970 World Cup in Mexico became a memorable tournament in Pele’s life.
Apart from scoring a goal in the final of this World Cup, he also assisted Carlos Alberto through a pass. Brazil won the final 4–1. The golden yellow Brazilian jersey with the number 10 on it became recognizable among Pele fans. Agility on the field, ball control and ability to dodge players were what set Pelé apart from other players. He had developed a distinct style of his own on the field in which pace was the most important factor.
Illustrious career of two decades
For two decades, Pele played for the Brazilian national team and the Brazilian club Santos. Pele, who once played barefoot, became one of the brightest stars of this game and got Brazil’s iron celebrated all over the world. At the age of 17, he participated in the World Cup for the first time in the year 1958 in Sweden. Pelé, who had scored two goals against the hosts in the final, was then carried on the shoulders by teammates after the victory. Brazil won the match 5–2. Due to injury in the World Cup played in Chile, Pele could only play two matches, but Brazil became the champion.
The 1970 World Cup became memorable
The 1970 World Cup played in Mexico became a memorable tournament in Pele’s life. Apart from scoring a goal in the final of this World Cup, he also helped Brazil to score the last goal in this match by giving a pass to Carlos Alberto. Brazil won the final 4–1. Now the golden yellow color of Brazil and the number 10 inscribed on it became Pele’s identity among fans.
In a golden career of 21 years, Pele scored 1,283 goals. He is considered the first global icon of the 20th century. With his childlike smile and easygoing demeanor, he remained a fan favorite throughout his life. He was declared Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee and Footballer of the Century by FIFA and National Treasure by the Brazilian government.