Pelé is regarded as one of the greatest soccer players in the history of the sport, whose contributions to the sport cannot be replicated in any manner. He has inspired many generations of soccer players over the years. Unfortunately, we have some very sad news to report, as the Brazillian soccer legend passed away at the age of 82.
According to TMZ, the three-time World Cup winner passed away at a hospital in Sao Paulo, where he was with his near and dear ones. The legend had a longstanding battle with cancer and eventually succumbed to it.
Pelé was initially diagnosed with the disease last year and went to the hospital numerous times over the past year for his treatment. However, his health deteriorated to the point that he was forced to be bedridden at the hospital for the last two months of his life.
Fans can find comfort in the fact that Pelé was able to watch the 2022 World Cup in his final days to the very end, as he even wrote a congratulations post on his social media page to Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe. He made the post right after the legendary Argentina vs. France match last week.
Pelé began his career as part of Brazil’s national team when he was just 16 years old, winning his first-ever World Cup at age 17 in 1958. The soccer legend went on to lead Brazil to two more titles in the event, winning the whole thing in 1962 and 1970. We offer our deepest condolences to Pelé’s family and close ones during this sad time.
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