Pele, a football icon, has died after a long battle with cancer.
On Pele’s social media accounts, Pele’s representatives sent a message announcing his passing: “Inspiration and affection marked the journey of King Pele, who peacefully passed away today.”
Three-time World Cup champion Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Pele, 82, was celebrated for his numerous accomplishments both on and off the football field.
Pele, who is widely regarded as the first worldwide football hero, underwent frequent medical treatment for colon cancer after having a tumor surgically removed in September 2021.
He was initially diagnosed with a respiratory infection after being readmitted to the hospital at the end of November to reassess his cancer treatment.
He was then transferred to nursing care when his body stopped responding to chemotherapy.
Santos, the team where Pele spent nearly two decades and scored more than 600 goals, also shared a picture of a crown with the word “Eterno” underneath it. Likewise, Kylian Mbappe expressed gratitude by saying: Although the football king is no longer with us, his legacy will go on.
“The king of football has left us but his legacy will never be forgotten. RIP KING”. Mbappe posted.
Pele made his debut for Brazil at the age of 16 and made his name known to the world when, at the age of 17, he helped Brazil win the World Cup for the first time by scoring six goals in four games. In the 5-2 victory over Sweden in the championship game, he scored twice.
Condolences to family, friends and fans.
Rest in peace KING OF FOOTBALL.