The passing of Brazil and football icon Pelé has provoked reactions from past and present footballers, heads of state, and football lovers worldwide. Pelé, the only footballer to possess three (3) world cup medals died at the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo following a battle with cancer. Pele became an icon of the sport after inspiring Brazil to win the World Cup in 1958 as a 17-year-old, scoring a brace—scoring two goals in a football match, in the final to defeat hosts Sweden.
Brazil and football have been in mourning since the news broke and reactions have come from every corner of the world.
considered by many to be the greatest footballer to ever kick a football died at the age of 82. The former forward did everything possible any human can do with that beautiful round object. Pele, Brazil’s joint all-time top scorer with Neymar, found the net 77 times in 92 appearances.
Pele’s official Twitter account on Thursday, Dec. 29th, 2022 posted: “Inspiration and love marked the journey of King Pelé, who peacefully passed away today. Love, love, and love, forever.”
A inspiração e o amor marcaram a jornada de Rei Pelé, que faleceu no dia de hoje.
Amor, amor e amor, para sempre.
Inspiration and love marked the journey of King Pelé, who peacefully passed away today.
Pele’s daughter, Kely Nascimento, who has provided updates on her father’s health from the hospital, posted on Instagram: “Everything we are is thanks to you. We love you infinitely. Rest in peace.”
Brazilian government went on to declare three days of mourning for Edson Arantes do Nascimento, popularly known as Pele.
Tributes To Pele After Legend Dies At 82
From the minute the news broke, tributes started to pour from different corners of the world. World leaders, past and present footballers, pundits, and football fans were everywhere paying their respects to the legend.
Barack Obama pays tribute to Pele
USA President, Joe Biden pays tribute to Pele
France President, Emmanuel Macron pays tribute to Pele
Will Smith on Instagram
Brazil National Team
Neymar: King Pele is forever
The man with who he shares the all-time top scorer record Neymar says “King Pele is forever” in an Instagram post. Neymar is one of the players to wear the iconic Brazil number 10 jersey Pele wore when he was still playing. After Pele, many players have worn the jersey but it is Neymar, his compatriot who has scored the same number of goals for Brazil pays tribute in those words.
Neymar’s tribute to his idol is beyond emotional. “‘Before Pelé, 10, was just a number,”
“I’ve read this phrase somewhere, at some point in my life. But this sentence, beautiful, is incomplete.
“I would say before Pelé football was just a sport. Pelé has changed it all. He turned football into art, into entertainment.
“He gave voice to the poor, to black people, and especially: he gave visibility to Brazil. Soccer and Brazil have raised their status thanks to the King! He’s gone but his magic remains. Pelé is forever.”
Neymar whose first professional club was Santos said this about Pele who happens to be synonymous with Brazil and Santos.
Santos Football Club
Lionel Messi On Instagram
Cristiano Ronaldo on Instagram
Kylian Mbappé on Twitter
Casemiro on Twitter
England and English Clubs Pays Tribute to Pele
Football clubs across England and English Premier League clubs especially remember Legend, Pele.