The football world was thrown into a state of mourning earlier yesterday shortly after the death of Brazilian soccer star, Pele was announced.
The news which broke out late Thursday, 29th December left the whole world in shock as one of the greatest to ever grace the pitch, had passed on.
Pele, real name Edson Arantes do Nascimento, (born October 23, 1940, Três Corações, Brazil—died December 29, 2022, in São Paolo, Brazil.
The, Brazilian football (soccer) player, in his time was probably the most famous and possibly the best-paid athlete in the world.
He was part of the Brazilian national teams that won three World Cup championships (1958, 1962, and 1970).
In 1956, Pele joined the Santos Football Club, guiding them , to win nine São Paulo league championships and, in 1962 and 1963, both the Libertadores Cup and the Intercontinental Club Cup.
Sometimes called “Pérola Negra” (“Black Pearl”), he became a Brazilian national hero.
Pelé made his international debut in 1957 at age 16 and the following year played his first game in the World Cup finals in Sweden.
At first the Brazilian manager was initially hesitant to play his young star, however he decided to give him a try and Pelé waisted no time in making his impact felt.
At the 1962 World Cup finals, Pelé tore a thigh muscle in the second match and had to sit out the remainder of the tournament.
Nonetheless, Brazil went on to claim its second World Cup title. Rough play and injuries turned the 1966 World Cup into a disaster for both Brazil and Pelé, as the team went out in the first round, and he contemplated retiring from World Cup play.
Returning in 1970 for one more World Cup tournament, he teamed with young stars Jairzinho and Rivelino to claim Brazil’s third title and permanent ownership of the Jules Rimet Trophy.