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Pele Death: The Brazilian football legend, who wowed the world with his supreme skill, has passed away at the age of 82

Pele, the legendary Brazilian football player who rose from barefoot squalor to become one of the greatest passed away.

According to his daughter’s post on Instagram on Thursday, Pele, the legendary Brazilian football player who rose from barefoot squalor to become one of the greatest and most well-known athletes in modern history, passed away at the age of 82. After a tumour was discovered on his colon, he spent the previous few months going in and out of the hospital.

Pele is the only player to ever win the World Cup three times and is known to have scored an estimated 1,281 goals in his career. In a seven-decade career as a player and soccer ambassador, he charmed popes, presidents, and Hollywood celebrities with his sublime skills and winning smile, making soccer the most popular sport in the world.

According to data compiled by FIFA’s website, Pele scored 1,281 goals in 1,366 games or 0.94 goals per game. He scored 757 goals in 812 games, including some friendlies and contests he played in as part of his military obligations. Nevertheless, he was equally as active in competitive tournaments.

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Pele, one of the world’s Best Player

More than any player before or since he was revered for his wide range of abilities. He was two-footed, had incredible speed and stamina, and could head, pass, tackle, and of course, score goals. At the age of 15, he joined Santos, and he helped make the small coastal team one of football’s most recognisable brands.

He won every football award in Brazil during his illustrious 18-year tenure at the club, as well as two Copa Libertadores and two Intercontinental Cups, an annual competition between the top teams in Europe and South America.

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The mighty Brazilian and his 3 World Cups

His ability was quickly noticed by the national team, and he was selected for Brazil’s squad to travel to Sweden for the 1958 World Cup, despite the fact that a team psychologist described the 17-year-old as “obviously infantile” and advised against playing him.

Pele continued to score goals, including two goals in the championship game against the host Swedish team and a hat-trick in the first half of the semifinal match against France. Pele’s goals helped Brazil win its first-ever title.

Pele played his part but missed only two matches of Brazil’s victories in the 1962 Cup due to injuries. At the 1970 tournament in Mexico, a 29-year-old Pele, who was by this point fully mature, won the championship for the third time with a Brazil team that featured other stars like Carlos Alberto Torres and Tosto and is widely regarded as the greatest team ever.

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A legacy came to an end

Pele had a history of health problems, including hip surgery that left him with chronic pain and difficulty walking unassisted. He made fewer public appearances, but he continued to use social media. Unfortunately, on 29th December 2022, the football legend passed away and left a huge legacy behind for fans to cherish forever.

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Niladri Biswas
Niladri Biswashttp://thesportslite.com
Niladri is a football enthusiast and die-hard fan of Liverpool FC. He is currently living his passion through writing about his favorite sport at The Sportslite. He sees himself as a renowned football journalist in the future.
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