Brazil iconic footballer Pele (82) passes away

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Brazil: Brazilian iconic footballer Pele (82) passes away on Thursday late night. He was one of the greatest players of all time and the only player to have won the FIFA World Cup thrice.

According to the sources of Pele family members Everything we are is thanks to you. We love you infinitely. Rest in peace, daughter Kely Nascimento wrote on Instagram. He had been battling colon cancer and was admitted in a hospital for a respiratory problem on November 29th. He cheered for the Brazilian team during the recently concluded FIFA World Cup in Qatar from the hospital bed. Tributes poured in from the entire football fraternity and his fans.

Pele breathed his last following colon cancer, for which he was undergoing chemotherapy. However, he stopped responding to chemotherapy and was shifted to palliative care. Pele had a tumour removed from his colon in 2021 and was taking chemotherapy ever since. Pele had been married thrice and he had a total of 7 children.

Edson Arantes do Nascimento @ Pele, was born on October 23rd, 1940, at Tres Coracoes, in the Brazilian State of Minas Gerais. He gained global superstardom after playing an important part in Brazil’s maiden FIFA World Cup triumph in 1958. Still a teenager,pele fired a hat-trick in the Semi final against France and followed it up with a brace in the final against Sweden to help the Selecao win the first of their record five world titles.

Pele was part of the team again that defended the title in 1962, before adding a third World Cup to his name in 1970, when Brazil famously defeated Italy in the final in what was the first football World Cup to be televised in colour. He scored 12 goals in his World Cup career that included a total of four tournaments.

Pele remained the highest goal-scorer for Brazil, with 77 goals in 95 games, during his lifetime.

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