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The death of Brazilian legend Pelé



Dson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele, is a Brazilian professional footballer who is considered one of the greatest players of all time, and is ranked by FIFA as the greatest. He was among the most successful and popular sports figures of the 20th century. In 1999, he was named Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee and included in The Times list of the 100 most important people of the 20th century. In 2000, Pele was voted the best player in the world by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics.

He was one of the joint winners of the FIFA Player of the Century award.

Pelé, considered by many to be the greatest player of all time and a three-time World Cup winner, has died at the age of 82, his family announced Thursday.

the daughter of the “king” Kelly Nascimento wrote on Instagram from the Albert Einstein Hospital, where Pele was being treated for cancer a month ago, “We thank you. We love you infinitely. Rest in peace.”

Pele, the only player to win the World Cup three times (1958, 1962 and 1970), was chosen as the best athlete of the last century by the International Olympic Committee in 1999, and a year later as the best player in the same century by FIFA.

His death shocked football fans around the world.

"Bring the cup home!" Pele's official account was posted on social media, on the day of Brazil's first match against Serbia (2-0).

Pele lost his last battle with colon cancer, which was discovered in September 2021 during routine check-ups.

Considered by many to be the greatest soccer player of all time, the lethal dribbler who gave birth to "samba ball" is a "national treasure" in Brazil.

Pele is remembered as the 'king' who revolutionized his sport, with the eternal number 10 on his back.

Pele was a pioneer in modern football, with exceptional technique combined with unparalleled athleticism despite his modest stature (1.73m).

Pele was emotional, as evidenced by the unforgettable black-and-white scenes of the 17-year-old winning his first world title in 1958 in Sweden.

And in a promise he made to his father, eight years after seeing him cry while listening on the radio to the famous "Maracanazo" loss to Uruguay, which deprived Brazil of its first world titles.

In 1970, during the first live broadcast of the World Cup in color, Pele celebrated with a bright smile at the height of his career, his third world title, when he was in the golden squad considered the most talented in history to include the likes of Rivelino, Tostao and Jairzinho.

One kidney and three hearts

Affected by severe pain in his hip, Pele appeared in a wheelchair in December 2017, during the 2018 World Cup draw, surrounded by Russian President Vladimir Putin and the rest of the football legends, similar to Argentine Diego Maradona, who died at the end of 2020. He was greatly affected by the departure of the "boy". Al-Dhahabi”, his friend and rival, “the world lost a legend. One day I hope we will play football together in the sky.”

The football world caught its breath in November 2014, when Pele entered intensive care after a serious urological crisis that required him to be put on dialysis.

He suffered a second crisis in April 2019 in France, on the occasion of his visit to Paris to meet young striker Kylian Mbappe, as part of a promotional process organized by a joint sponsor.

In September 2021, a new warning: in São Paulo he underwent surgery to remove a "suspicious" tumor in his colon, which had been discovered during routine cardiovascular examinations and had mainly contributed to his death.

"My friends, with each passing day I feel a little better. I'm looking forward to playing again, but I'm still recovering for a few more days," he wrote on Instagram at the time.

Pele has only had one kidney since he was a player. A broken rib during a match caused damage to his right kidney, which was eventually removed.

He had one kidney but "three hearts," he said jokingly, alluding to his hometown of Tres Coraçois in the state of Minas Gerais (south-east).

Jane English, or as she is known on social media (Education English), Journalist. I graduated from Memorial University in Journalism. She writes in several fields: work - entertainment - sports - health - science She currently lives in the Middle East, Egypt, and works on creating educational content for the English language