Pele, also denoted as the “black pearl,” who rose from intense poverty to becoming one of the football greats of all time, passed away last night. A dark day for World Football, as one of the best of all time and undoubtedly the greatest strike ever the world has produced.
Pele passes away at 82
The Brazilian legend breathed his last at 82 in Sao Paulo on Thursday. The recent months had been difficult for him, with many times getting in and out of hospital after being detected with a tumor in his colon.
The legend’s given name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento. Pele has a sensational World record of scoring 1281 and is the only player in history to have won three World Cups. With unmatched skills and a glorious winning smile, he helped football emerge as one of the most popular sports all across the globe and thrilled popes, presidents, and Hollywood stars in his career to be the brand ambassadors for soccer.
Born on October 23rd, 1940, in a small town, he learned football from his father. He was a semi-professional, and an unfortunate knee injury snatched away his promising professional career.
A forever legend
Pele has earned massive respect for his extraordinary talent and excellent skills. There’s hardly anything that he couldn’t do: he was two-footed, had huge pace and stamina, could head, assist or tackle, and of course, could score goals.
Joining the club Santos at 15, he turned the small football club into one of the best names in football. Over his 18-year glorious career, he achieved everything a footballer could ask for, and that’s why no doubt why he’s the most celebrated footballer of all time. He had a great contribution to making Brazil the world favourite in football.
The year comes to an end as the Brazilian legend departs for the heavenly abode! May be soul rest in eternal peace!