Pele, a Brazilian football legend and the only player to win the World Cup three times, has passed away at the age of 82.
The Brazilian is credited with scoring a world record of 1,281 goals in 1,363 national team and club appearances during a 21-year career.
Pele, who was suffering from kidney and prostate problems in recent years, was readmitted to a hospital in late November 2022.
On Thursday, his daughter Kely Nascimento announced his death on a social media post. “Everything we are is thanks to you. We love you infinitely. Rest in peace,” she wrote.
Pele is the only player to win the World Cup three times, lifting the trophy in 1958, 1962, and 1970. He still holds the record as the youngest world champion of all time.
The football legend was named Fifa’s Player of the Century in 2000.
Pele’s Five World Cup records as per FIFA
- Pele is the youngest scorer, youngest hat-trick scorer, youngest finalist and youngest player to score in a Final in World Cup history.
- Gunnar Gren, who competed against Brazil in the 1958 decider, made his Sweden debut before Pele was born. Never has such an age gap – 20 years – existed between opponents in a World Cup Final.
- Uwe Seeler, Pele, Miroslav Klose, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are the only men to score at four or more World Cups. The West German pipped the Brazilian to become the first to do so by less than three minutes in 1970.
- Vava, Pele, Paul Breitner, Zinedine Zidane and Kylian Mbappé are the only players to have scored in two World Cup Finals.
- Pele registered six assists at Mexico 1970 – a record for one World Cup. Four players managed five: Robert Gadocha at Germany 1974, Pierre Littbarski at Spain 1982, Diego Maradona at Mexico 1986, and Thomas Hassler at USA 1994.
Featured Image: Pele was carried off the field by fans after Brazil defeated Italy in the finals of the 1970 world cup [Photo File/Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images]
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