Tue. May 28th, 2024


For decades Pele was the King of football, the world’s first soccer superstar. He won three World cups, a feat yet unmatched. He is reputed to have scored most goals in competitive matches and he is known as the pioneer of everything that is beautiful in today’s football.

In the view of many experts, whatever Messi, Maradona, Zidane, Mbappe or any other soccer superstar of today is doing or has done, Pele did it first. He was such a magnificent influence on world soccer and for almost seven decades, he bestrode the soccer world like a true collosus.

His passing today though much anticipated due to his incessant ill health of late is a huge loss to the world and the world must mourn. As we say adieu to this legend, we are happy that even though this generation may fade, Pele’s star will never dim. It will burn forever.

He reportedly died today December 29, after battling a serious illness.
Pelé, who retired from football in 1977, has been suffering from health problems in recent years. He was diagnosed with colon cancer in September 2021 and spent two weeks in hospital last December.
Pelé was admitted to the hospital on November 29 for a respiratory infection and “re-evaluation of the chemotherapy treatment over the colon cancer identified in September 2021,” the hospital said at the time.
With 1,279 goals in 1,363 games, Pele was undoubtedly the king of football.
Below are more brief facts about Late King Pele of the football World[off Wiki] :
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Pelé in 1995
Edson Arantes do Nascimento

23 October 1940

Três Corações, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Died 29 December 2022 (aged 82)

  • Footballer
  • humanitarian
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Rosemeri dos Reis Cholbi

(m. 1966; div. 1982)

Assíria Lemos Seixas

(m. 1994; div. 2008)

Marcia Aoki

(m. 2016)

Children 7, including Edinho
Parent João Ramos do Nascimento (father)

Association football career
Position(s) Forwardattacking midfielder
Youth career
1953–1956 Bauru
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1956–1974 Santos 636 (618)
1975–1977 New York Cosmos 64 (37)
Total 700 (655)
International career
1957–1971 Brazil 92 (77)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals
Minister of Sports
In office
1 January 1995 – 30 April 1998
President Fernando Henrique Cardoso
Preceded by Office established
Succeeded by Rafael Greca (1999)

Pelé began playing for Santos at age 15 and the Brazil national team at 16. During his international career, he won three FIFA World Cups19581962 and 1970, the only player to do so. He was nicknamed O Rei (The King) following the 1958 tournament. Pelé is the joint-top goalscorer for Brazil with 77 goals in 92 games. At club level he is Santos’ all-time top goalscorer with 643 goals in 659 games. In a golden era for Santos, he led the club to the 1962 and 1963 Copa Libertadores, and to the 1962 and 1963 Intercontinental Cup. Credited with connecting the phrase “The Beautiful Game” with football, Pelé’s “electrifying play and penchant for spectacular goals” made him a star around the world, and his teams toured internationally in order to take full advantage of his popularity. During his playing days, Pelé was for a period the best-paid athlete in the world. Since retiring in 1977, Pelé has been a worldwide ambassador for football and has made many acting and commercial ventures. In 2010, he was named the honorary president of the New York Cosmos.

Averaging almost a goal per game throughout his career, Pelé was adept at striking the ball with either foot in addition to anticipating his opponents’ movements on the field. While predominantly a striker, he could also drop deep and take on a playmaking role, providing assists with his vision and passing ability, and he would also use his dribbling skills to go past opponents. In Brazil, he is hailed as a national hero for his accomplishments in football and for his outspoken support of policies that improve the social conditions of the poor. His emergence at the 1958 World Cup, where he became the first black global sporting star, was a source of inspiration. Throughout his career and in his retirement, Pelé received several individual and team awards for his performance in the field, his record-breaking achievements, and legacy in the sport.

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