Pelé, winner of record 3 World Cups, is widely regarded as the greatest soccer player of all time. He had been hospitalized for a month with multiple health issues. Pele had joined Brazilian club Santos in 1956 and spent his entire career there until retiring in 1974. “I was born to play football, just like Beethoven was born to write music and Michelangelo was born to paint,” once Pele told Fifa.com. Stay with TOI for the latest developments.Read Less
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For a sport that brings the world together like no other, Pelé’s rise from humble beginnings to soccer legend is a story of what is possible. Today, Jill and I’s thoughts are with his family and all those who loved him.
Your place is on God’s side. My eternal king. Rest in peace.
A simple goodbye to the eternal King Pelé will never be enough to express the pain that hits the entire world of football at this moment. An inspiration for so many millions, a reference of yesterday, today, always. The affection he has always shown for me was reciprocal in every moment we shared, even at distance. He will never be forgotten and his memory will last for ever in each and everyone of us football lovers. Rest in peace, King Pelé.
Bolsonaro declares three days of mourning in Brazil for Pele: Govt gazette
Pele ‘made Brazil known to the whole world’: Bolsonaro
Brazilian president-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva paid tribute to football legend Pele after the country’s greatest sporting icon died Thursday at age 82, saying “there was never another number 10 like him.”
Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein hospital, where Pele was undergoing treatment, said he died at 3:27 pm “due to multiple organ failures resulting from the progression of colon cancer associated with his previous medical condition”.
Cristiano Ronaldo says Pele ‘source of inspiration for so many millions’
NY Cosmos: Pele’s ‘lasting impact on the sport of soccer is inestimable’
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Hurst hails Pele as ‘best ever’ after Brazil icon’s death
Former England World Cup winner Geoff Hurst hailed Pele as the “greatest of all time” after the Brazil legend died aged 82 on Thursday. Hurst played against Pele in the 1970 World Cup and rated the forward as the best he ever faced. Brazil won that group stage match in Mexico 1-0 and went on to lift the World Cup as Pele got his hands on the trophy for a third and final time. “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),” Hurst tweeted. “For me Pele remains the greatest of all time and I was proud to be on the pitch with him. RIP Pele and thank you.”
When Pele was left mesmerised in ‘football capital’ of India
Much before Diego Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ moment stirred the football passion in the region, it was the Brazilian maestro Pele who began Bengal’s tryst with the ‘beautiful game’. Playing against Mohun Bagan on a slushy and jam-packed Eden Gardens on September 24, 1977 in the twilight of his career, the three-time World Cup winner was overwhelmed by the depth of talent a “little known” Indian club possessed. Desperately seeking a revival after the dominance of arch-rivals East Bengal, the PK Banerjee-coached Mariners not only stopped the ‘King of Football’ from scoring a goal, but almost won 2-1 before a controversial penalty made it a 2-2 draw against the star-studded New York Cosmos.
A legend, icon and true great of the game who will forever be remembered. Rest in peace, Pele."
Rest in peace 'Rei', God bless all his family
Pele was much more than the greatest sportsman of all time. The King of Soccer was the ultimate exponent of a victorious Brazil, never afraid of any difficulty. A black, poor boy born in Tres Coracoes, Pele showed us that there is always a new path. He promised his father he would win a World Cup and he won us three, in addition to scoring 95 goals in 113 games with Brazil's national team. The King gave us a new Brazil and we can only thank him for his legacy. Thank you, Pele.
Known for his genius with the ball, he epitomized the sublime style of play called “samba football” in Brazil, where he was declared a “national treasure.”
His parents named him after American inventor Thomas Edison.
But he was soon given the nickname Pele, for his mispronunciation of Bile, the name of a goalkeeper at Vasco de Sao Lourenco, where his footballer father once played.
– ‘Samba football’ -Born in the southeastern city of Tres Coracoes, Edson Arantes do Nascimento — Pele’s real name — grew up selling peanuts on the street to help his impoverished family get by.