King Pelé was 82 years old and had been sick in Brazil for more than a year. His death has left a big hole in the sport of football all over the world.
The whole football world is sad about what happened. A little more than two years after Diego Maradona died, on December 29, 2022, King Pelé died from the illness that had been slowly killing him since September 2021. Already a few weeks ago, there were a lot of worries when it came out that the Brazilian soccer player was going to the hospital because he had a strange lump on his body. Even though the three-time World Cup winner posted some encouraging comments on Instagram, his health kept getting worse.
At first, the Brazilian media talked about the legend of Brazil’s health and made it clear that his body was no longer responding to treatment. Even worse, things have been moving at a breakneck speed, especially in the last few days. Recent medical tests showed that he has problems with his kidneys and his heart.
The Brazilian hero was in the hospital over the holidays, so his family moved quickly to be with him. One of the Brazilian player’s children, Kely Nascimento, posted a picture of herself sitting next to her father in the hospital bed on Instagram on December 24. Diego Maradona and King Pelé were two of the best football players who have died.
Pelé was a great football player for Brazil and a worldwide icon
His long and successful football career began in 1956 when he joined the Santos FC team. King Pelé was only 15 when he started playing professionally, but he did it with ease. After a year, Brazil asked him to play in his first game with the national team, which was against Argentina. He scored his first goal for the Selecao in that game. Pelé played in his first World Cup in 1958, when he was only 17 years old. At the time, he was the youngest player to ever take part in the tournament.
From the quarterfinals on, he did well in every match he played. He even scored a great goal that got his team into the semi-finals. This made him the youngest player in World Cup history to score a goal. Behind, he scored a hat-trick against France and then did it again in the final thanks to a classic goal against Sweden, which is now thought to be one of the best goals in World Cup history.
In the final against Sweden, he did it again. Brazil wins the game, and Pelé breaks the record for being the youngest champion in the history of the sport. After another four years, he is now a clear favourite to win his second world championship, but he will have to drop out of the tournament because he got hurt in the second match.
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Even so, the Seleco won, giving Pelé his second World Cup title in a row. In 1970, he led Brazil to its third World Cup victory. The next year, he stopped playing in international games. King Pelé finished his career having scored a total of 77 goals in 92 games with his team. He left a mark on the history of his country that will never be erased.
In 1974, Pelé ends his professional career with the New York Cosmos. Before that, he had played for Santos FC for 660 games and scored 643 goals. He went on to score 37 goals in 64 games over the course of two seasons before hanging up his boots in 1977, which put an end to his clear reign over sports.
Over the course of his career, Pelé will be remembered as the best player of the 20th century. Even though the news of his death has just shocked the world of football, he will still be remembered as the best player in the history of the sport.
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