Pele football legend dies at age 82 widely regarded as the greatest player of all time and a three-time World Cup winner who masterminded the “beautiful game,” has died at the age of 82, his family said Thursday.
Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento on Oct. 23, 1940, he was almost exclusively known as Pelé — a nickname he supposedly earned after he mispronounced another footballer’s name.
Pelé joined the Santos Football Club in Brazil in 1956 at age 15 as an inside forward. The club won the São Paulo league championships and, in 1962 and 1963, both the Libertadores Cup and the Intercontinental Club Cup.
The forward, who operated as a second striker, made his international debut just a year after joining Santos, in 1957, and played at the World Cup the following year at age 17 — the youngest player ever. He picked up a hat trick in the semifinal against France and scored two goals in the championship game against the 1958 tournament host, Sweden.
Pele, the greatest footballer of all time, has died aged 82.
He was a three-time World Cup winner with Brazil, scoring a record 77 goals in 92 appearances for his country. Pele was also a member of the Brazil team that won the 1970 World Cup, considered by many to be the greatest-ever performance by a footballer.
In his native Brazil, Pele is revered as a national hero and is widely considered to be the greatest footballer of all time. His death will be a huge loss to the world of football and he will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
Brazilian football legend Pele has died at the age of 82.
Pele is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, having won three World Cups with Brazil and scoring a record 12 goals in the tournament.
He also had a hugely successful career at the club level, winning the Copa Libertadores and Intercontinental Cup with Santos, as well as the NASL championship with the New York Cosmos.
Pele’s death is a huge loss to the world of football, and he will be sorely missed by all who loved the game.
Pele was a three-time World Cup winner with Brazil and is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. He scored over 1,000 goals in his career and was named FIFA World Player of the Century in 1999.
Pele’s death is a huge loss to the world of football, and he will be remembered as one of the greatest players of all time.
Pele is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, having scored 1,281 goals in 1,363 games in a career that took in Santos and the New York Cosmos. He won three World Cups and will be remembered for his performances in the 1958, 1962, and 1970 tournaments. Pele and fellow Brazil legend Garrincha starred in the Selecao’s 5-2 win over hosts Chile in the final of the 1962 tournament.
Sadly, this news comes on the eve of the World Cup, which begins in the Russian Federation in less than a week. While Pele’s status as the greatest footballer of all time may never be challenged, it is hoped that his legacy will continue to live on throughout the footballing world.
The world has lost a true footballing legend. The Brazilian superstar Pele, who helped his country win the World Cup for the first time in history, has died at the age of 82. He scored 1,281 goals in 1,363 appearances for club and country. He was also known for his legendary skills and flair. His death was confirmed by his official Twitter account. “The greatest footballer in the world has gone,” it read. “Rest in peace Edson Arantes do Nascimento, aka Pele.” The tweet showed a picture of Pele with the message: “We love you. We will never forget you.” Pele’s death comes just days after that of another Brazilian football great, Socrates. He was named Fifa’s player of the century in 2000. His career saw him play for some of the biggest teams in Brazil and the world, including Santos, Sao Paulo, and the New York Cosmos. He was awarded the World Cup Golden Ball in 1970 and was named.