Edson Arantes do Nascimento, who is known as Pele and is one of the greatest and most famous footballers in the world, died on Thursday After a long battle with cancer. He was 82.
Born in Tres Coracoes, Minas Gerais state, in 1940, Pele grew up in poverty. His parents can’t even afford a soccer ball. An old newspaper sock was the first “ball” his magical feet kicked, but it was enough for him to love the game – and for people to start noticing he was different.
His unparalleled skill ensured that he scored two goals in the 1958 World Cup final to lead Brazil to victory over Sweden. He’s only 17 years old.
Pele, who is credited with coining the phrase “beautiful match” to refer to football, helped his Brazilian team win the World Cup in 1962 and 1970.
Besides skill and charmA certain mystique always surrounds the personality of the king of football.
One of his many famous quotes, delivered during the last game he played in 1977 in New York, was to honor children, and with his limited English, he simply said “” love love love”.
Outgoing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro declared three days of national mourning before Pele’s death.
His funeral will be held at the Vila Belmiro stadium, on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, where Pele played some of the best matches of his career.