Pelé, the Brazilian king of soccer who has won a record three World Cups together with becaming one of the most commanding sports figures of the last century, has passed away on Thursday.
He was 82 at the time of passing away.
The standard-bearer of Brazillian soccer, Pele, had undergone treatment for colon cancer since 2021. He died of multiple organ failure as a result of the cancer, his medical sources said.
Pele’s final rituals have been planned for Monday and Tuesday, with his casket to be carried through the streets of Santos, the coastal city where his storied career began, before burial.
Widely regarded as one of soccer’s greatest players, Pelé spent nearly two decades enchanting fans and dazzling opponents as the game’s most prolific scorer with Brazilian club Santos and the Brazil national team, the AP reported.
On the field, Pelé’s energy, vision and imagination drove a gifted Brazilian national team with a fast, fluid style of play that exemplified “O Jogo Bonito” — Portuguese for “The Beautiful Game.”His 1977 autobiography, “My Life and the Beautiful Game,” made the phrase part of soccer’s lexicon, AP mentioned.