Thu. May 23rd, 2024

The World rose yesterday to mourn the passing of legendary soccer superstar, Pele. Since his death was announced, both the high and mighty have been eulogising a man whose talents made a huge difference in our world for so long.

We bring you tributes from world leaders in politics and in sports:

President Biden:

“Before there was Messi, Ronaldo, Beckham, there was Pelé. In 1958, he won his first World Cup for Brazil at seventeen – the youngest winner ever. He went on to win another two World Cups in 1962 and 1970, making him the only player in the world today with three World Cup trophies.

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’s and my thoughts are with his family and all those who loved him.”

Usain Bolt:

“A Sporting Legend.
Rest in Peace King Pele”

 

Brazil Football Federation:

“João Saldanha, the coach who helped shape that Brazilian World Cup Winning 1970 side, once said: “Ask me who is the best right-back in Brazil, and I’ll say Pelé. Ask me about the best left-back or midfield man, or the best centre-forward. Always I must say Pelé. If he wants to be goalkeeper, he will be. There is only one Pelé.”

 

 

 

 

Farewell, GOAT. Rest in peace.

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