Brazilian soccer legend Pelé took his last breath at the age of 82. His health had deteriorated since he was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2021. He died on Thursday from multiple organ complications caused by colon cancer linked to the condition its original , confirmed Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo.
At the age of 17, Pele, a football player for Tres Coracoes, made his debut in the 1958 World Cup at the age of 17. He is the only footballer in history who won the World Cup three times (in 1958, 1962 and 1970). He scored 77 goals for Brazil.
Here we will look at some special frames that show the football life of “O Rei”:
This was captured when Pelé wore the national jersey of Brazil for the last time in 1971. He said: “The last time I wore the jersey of the national team of Brazil, we launched three stars on the shield, and now we have five.”
Pele shared the photo ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in hopes of securing a sixth star as Brazil lift the coveted trophy again.
Pelé played his last World Cup in Mexico in 1970. The photo shows Pele signing autographs for fans gathered in large numbers in the stands. He quoted: “At that time it was more difficult to watch the domestic leagues of other countries, but nevertheless I received a lot of love from fans all over the world.”
Pele’s journey to fame has been an inspiring one, from beginning his life in poverty with no shoes to becoming one of the greatest athletes in modern sports. Uploading this photo of his youth, the Brazilian star captioned it: “It’s like they say, I’ve loved soccer since the day I was born.”
In addition to being extraordinarily talented, Pele was known to be a great team player. He posted this special photo celebrating a goal with his teammates during his playing days. The footballer said: “It’s true that I miss playing football, but I miss more the hugs after scoring a goal, the party with the team and the laughs. and friends. The joy of doing what you love and people who love what they do is indescribable.
Pele has been an inspiration to all footballers in the world. His philosophy towards the game was incredible. With his great skill and composure on the field, the Brazilian striker has changed the dynamics of modern football. Leaving behind a great moment of him confusing the defenders during the game, Pele said: “One of the great qualities of great athletes is perseverance. Moving forward requires facing difficulties and not giving up, even when the chances of success seem slim.
Pele also had a decorated career in club football. He was a member of the Brazilian Santos team from 1956 to 1974. He played for the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League from 1975 to 1977.