Brazil’s Soccer Legend Pele Passed Away At 82


Pele, regarded as the greatest footballer of all times passed away following a cancer battle. He took Brazil to three times world cup victory.

Anytime someone mentions soccer, it is very unlikely his name would not show up. Nothing less than legendary icon of the sport, he has helped Brazil win a record three world Cups overall. It was reported that Pele passed away following cancer suffering at the age of 82. As soon as the news came out #RipLegend started trending. He had long suffered from health issues because of the disease. However, he was reported to be recovering at one time, but later got readmitted to the hospital. It would not be an overstatement to mention Pele as the brand ambassador of Brazilian football. Pele won three World Cups, in 1958, 1962, and 1970. Additionally, his association with Santos and the New York Cosmos, helped him score 77 international goals and 655 club goals. Here are 10 of his most outstanding goals.

Outstanding Goals of the Legendary Pele

Multiple Record Holder and Football Legend Pele Passed Away To Cancer

What made Pele one of the world’s best footballers of all times were his numerous records. There are many players that succeeded him such as Messi, Neymar and Ronaldo. However, none of them could still beat his record which stand till date. Pele and Neymar have the same number of international goals. However, Pele has a greater number of goals in a single game and has scored per-game ratio and has scored more goals for Santos. Here are some of his records that made him the best.


10 Highlights of Pele’s Career

  1. The craze of Pele, who made his international debut in Brazil’s 1-2 loss to Argentina in 1957, was so much that President of Brazil Jânio Quadros announced him as the national treasure in 1961. It was aimed at stopping Pele from signing for a European club.
  2. Youngest player to score a goal in a World Cup and a World Cup final.
  3. Achieved a Hatrick and became the youngest player to accomplish a hat trick in a World Cup.
  4. Debut for his club Santos at the age of 15
  5. Athlete of the Century (IOC) in 1999
  6. Pele Scored 643 Goals in 659 appearances in 19 seasons.
  7. Brazilian star is also known as Black Pearl and O Rei (the King).
  8. Named to the Times magazine’s list of the 100 most influential individuals of the twentieth century in 2000.
  9. FIFA Player of the Century in the same year as Diego Maradona.
  10. Pele received Goden Ball in his last World Cup match where Brazil beat Italy in the final of World Cup 1970.

Here is a clip of two legends Pele and Maradona.

Diegi Maradona with Pele

Battling Poor health, Kidney and Heart Issues and Colon Tumor, Pele passed away

Pele’s poor health owing to his Colon Cancer and resulting complications led him to frequent hospital visits. Also, he was battling kidney and heart issues and was hospitalized since November with multiple ailments. With 77 goals in 92 games, he continues to be the top goal scorer for Brazil.

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