Legendary Brazilian footballer Pele passes away at 82

Pele, who is the only player in history to win three World Cups, passed away following a battle with cancer.
Legendary Brazilian footballer Pele passes away at 82
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Sao Paulo: Pelé, the Brazilian football legend who won three World Cups and became the sport's first global icon, has died at the age of 82.

His agent Joe Fraga confirmed his death.

"Everything that we are, is thanks to you," his daughter Kely Nascimento wrote in a post on Instagram. "We love you infinitely. Rest in peace."

Kely Nascimento / Instagram

Diagnosed with cancer since 2021, Pelé was admitted to a hospital in São Paulo in late November for a respiratory infection and for complications related to colon cancer. Last week, the hospital said his health had worsened as his cancer progressed.

For more than 60 years, the name Pelé has been synonymous with football. He played in four World Cups and is the only player in history to win three, but his legacy stretched far beyond his trophy haul and remarkable goal-scoring record.

I was born to play football, just like Beethoven was born to write music and Michelangelo was born to paint
Pelé famously said.
Pele signing football for US President Richard Nixon (Photo from 1973)
Pele signing football for US President Richard Nixon (Photo from 1973)

Pelé was born Edson Arantes do Nascimento in Três Corações -- an inland city roughly 155 miles northwest of Rio de Janeiro -- in 1940, before his family moved to the city of Bauru in São Paulo.

The world first got a glimpse of Pelé's dazzling ability in 1958, when he made his World Cup debut aged 17. He scored Brazil's only goal in the country's quarterfinal victory against Wales, then netted a hat-trick in the semifinal against France and two in the final against host Sweden.

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