Brazilian soccer and all-around soccer legend Pelé is dead at the age of 82. His daughter, Kely Nascimento, made the announcement Thursday morning via Instagram.
Pelé had been struggling with health complications for some time, originating from when he was diagnosed with bowel cancer. Over the last month, Pelé’s condition had taken a turn for the worst and spent the entirety of the month at Alber Einstein Hospital at São Paulo. Doctors there recently announced he was dealing with kidney and heart issues from the cancer, as well as respiratory problems.
His organization released the following statement:
Inspiration and love marked the journey of King Pelé, who peacefully passed away today. On his journey, Edson enchanted the world with his genius in sport, stopped a war, carried out social works all over the world and spread what he most believed to be the cure for all our problems: love.
His message today becomes a legacy for future generations.
Love, love and love, forever.
The outpouring of support from the soccer world has undoubtedly been nothing short of massive with stars Messi, Ronaldo, Mbappe, and Neymar Jr. have expressed their condolences and feelings via Twitter and Instagram after the news first broke. Clubs and other soccer figures from around the globe have emphatically followed suit with their support has ranging from the mourning of Pelé’s death to the celebration of his life.
Pelé will be remembered as the best if not the best soccer player to ever lace up a pair of boots. His impact on the game is second to none, as are his accomplishments. With over 1,000 goals to his name and three World Cup championships he will forever consequently hold the title of “The King”. And although Pelé is dead, his spirit and love for the game will forever live on.
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