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Sao Paulo Brazilian football legend Pele, widely recognized as the best player of all time, passed away on Thursday at the age of 82, according to his family.

Football legend 'Pele' has died at the age of 82

Pele was a three-time World Cup champion and the architect of the “beautiful game.” “Thanks to you, we are everything we are. You have our undying love. My daughter Kely Nascimento commented on Instagram, “Rest in peace.

Pele is the only player in history to have won the World Cup three times (1958, 1962, and 1970), earning him the title of athlete of the century from the International Olympic Committee in 1999.

Before retiring in 1977, he amassed more than 1,000 goals over one of the most legendary careers in sports, earning the moniker “O Rei” (The King). He had been fighting colon cancer and kidney issues, and the latter required surgery in September 2021 and subsequent treatment. His health had been deteriorating.

Pele, real name Edson Arantes do Nascimento, was born on October 23, 1940, in the city of Tres Coracoes, in the southeast of Brazil. He grew up selling peanuts on the street to support his struggling family.

Thomas Edison, a famous American inventor, inspired his parents to name him. However, because to his mispronunciation of Bile, a goalie of Vasco de Sao Lourenco, where his footballer father previously played, he was quickly given the nickname Pele.

Pele wowed audiences as soon as he was 15 and began playing professionally for Santos. In 1962 and 1963, he defeated Benfica and AC Milan to lead the team to back-to-back Intercontinental Cup victories.

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