Pele, the only player in history to win three World Cups, passed away today at the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo after a battle with cancer; he rose to fame after Brazil defeated Sweden to win the 1958 World Cup when he was just 17 years old.
Pele, a football superstar from Brazil and one of the all-time great players, passed away at the age of 82.
After a battle with cancer, the former striker—the first player in history to win three World Cups—died at the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo.
His official Twitter account said the following on Thursday: “King Pelé’s journey was characterized by inspiration and love, and he passed away quietly today. Love always and forever.”
With 77 goals in 92 games, Pele is one of Brazil’s all-time leading scorers. He rose to fame after Brazil won the 1958 World Cup as a 17-year-old, defeating hosts Sweden with two goals in the final.
He receives tributes upon his passing at age 82.
Pele, who was raised in poverty in Sao Paulo as Edson Arantes do Nascimento, helped Brazil win the World Cups in 1958, 1962, and 1970.
An injury limited his participation in Brazil’s victory in 1962 in Chile, but eight years later, when Brazil constructed one of the best teams ever and won the Jules Rimet trophy in Mexico thanks to a 4-1 victory against Italy in which Pele scored the opening goal, he was named player of the tournament.
He is now one of just five players to have scored in two World Cup finals, and owing to his heroics in 1958, he continues to hold the record for the youngest player to have scored at the competition.
The most by any player in the history of the World Cup, Pele’s combined 12 goals in 14 games and 10 assists serve as a reminder that he was much more than just a striker.
But it was his incredible scoring performances that cemented his status as a club icon for Santos.
During a brilliant 18-year career with the club, he set the all-time goal-scoring record for his local team and led them to two Copa Libertadores championships and six Brazilian league victories.
He finished his playing career at New York Cosmos and gave up football in 1977 after amassing 1,281 goals in 1,363 appearances for club and country.
He served as a football ambassador after retirement. The FIFA Ballon d’Or Prix d’Honneur was given to him in 2013 in honor of his career and accomplishments. He was included in the Ballon d’Or Dream Team, an all-time best XI, in 2020.
Martin Tyler: “Pele is immortal in the world of football.”
Martin Tyler, a football analyst for Sky Sports, believes Pele should go down in history as the greatest player to ever play the sport.
He declared, “For me, he is the all-time best player. One of my first tasks outside of television was to record his Brazil career and his 1,000 goals on a VHS, as they were called back then.
“That video dispelled any reservations I had about how talented he was. It was an honor to do that and honor a man who was capable of so much more than just scoring goals.
“He will always be recognized for his incredible goal-scoring prowess on uneven fields at times when players were freer to employ any means to stop him. He was hard to resist.
“Without a doubt, he will always be the best for me, and in the world of football, he is eternal.”
Pele’s memory is honored in sports