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The world of football mourns one of its legends: ‘King’ Pele has died

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele, died on Thursday at the age of 82 after a long struggle with illness.

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LFootball legend and the only player in history to win the World Cup three times, Brazilian Pele, whose full name was Edson Arantes do Nascimento, died on Thursday at the age of 82. This was announced by one of his daughters, Keli, on Instagram.

“We are all because of you. We love you infinitely. Rest in peace,” Kelly Nascimento wrote in the caption of a photo where we can guess Pele lying in his hospital bed, supported by the arms of his loved ones. He was previously admitted to the Albert-Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo for treatment of a respiratory infection.

Suffering mainly from shortness of breath, the legend underwent surgery to treat metastases discovered earlier this year, always according to a local newspaper.

Considered the greatest player of all time, Pele is the only player to have won the World Cup three times in 1958, 1962 and 1970. Edson Arantes do Nascimento was born on October 23, 1940 in Tres Corassos. Minas Gerais, Brazil. He would go on to score 1,281 goals in 1,363 matches (including 77 goals in 91 caps with Brazil).

An exceptional record holder with the two professional clubs he has known (Santos FC and New York Cosmos), including the Intercontinental Cup (1962 and 1963), Copa Libertadores (1962 and 1963), United States (1977). ) and the São Paulo championship eleven times in the 1950s and 1960s.

Crowned Player of the 20th Century by FIFA, 1970 World Cup Player of the Year, FIFA Ballon d’Or d’Or in 2013. He has played 831 official matches and scored 767 goals. According to FIFA, counting all his friendlies, he played 1363 matches and scored 1281 goals (of which 6 fifties, 30 quadruples and 92 trebles). In the World Cup, Pele scored 12 goals in 14 matches and scored at least 1 goal in 4 editions.

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