Status: 29/12/2022 8:27 p.m.
Brazilian soccer legend Pelé has passed away, his agent and family have confirmed. The triple world champion had recently been treated for cancer. Pelé is considered one of the greatest footballers of all time.
Brazilian footballer Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pelé, has died at the age of 82. His agent, Joe Fraga, and the families confirmed it.
Pelé’s family gathered at his bedside at Albert Einstein Hospital in São Paulo on Christmas Day. His daughter Kely Cristina Nascimento posted a family photo on Instagram on Saturday evening, which also includes Pelé’s wife, Marcia Aoki. Pele’s son, former goalkeeper Edson Cholbi, aka Edinho, was also hospitalized.
The hospital had previously advised that the 82-year-old’s cancer had progressed and he needed more intensive treatment for kidney and heart problems. Pelé had been in hospital since November 29 to reset chemotherapy for a colon tumor.
In September last year, Pele had a colon tumor removed which doctors discovered during a routine examination. After the operation, he was treated in the intensive care unit and had to stay in hospital for about a month. After that, he was hospitalized several times for chemotherapy. Doctors recently said he was on the mend.
Brazilian football idol Pelé dies aged 82
Xenia Böttcher, ARD Rio de Janeiro, daily news at 8:00 p.m., December 29, 2022
92 caps for Brazil
Pelé was considered one of the greatest footballers of all time. He played 92 international matches for Brazil and won the FIFA World Cup three times. In 1958, Pelé, then 17 years old, took part in the World Championships in Sweden. At first he remained on the bench against Austria and England, but national coach Vicente Feola eventually brought him on. With six goals in four games, Pelé was instrumental in Brazil’s title win.
Brazil defended their title at the 1962 World Cup in Chile, but Pelé could not play after the second group match due to injury. In 1966 in England, Brazil suffered a severe setback and was eliminated in the first round. Pelé was ruthlessly chased and kicked by opponents.
Four years later in Mexico, the striker went on to lead the Brazilian national team as a big thinker and leader to their third title victory. A year later, on July 18, 1971, Pelé retired from the national team – at just 30 years old.
businessman and politician
After his playing career, Pelé worked as a businessman. In Brazil, he owned a radio station and a film production company as well as hotels in Bahia. During the 2006 World Cup, his annual income from public relations and advertising appearances was estimated at around three million euros.
Pelé made headlines with political slogans tinged with socialists and the announcement that he would run for president of Brazil. In November 1989, he described himself as “a socialist because of my religious origin” and announced that he would found a left-wing party.
A political career finally began in late 1994, when newly elected President Fernando Henrique Cardoso appointed him Extraordinary Minister of Sports. He was the only black minister out of 23 and the first black minister in Brazil. Politician Pelé wanted to fight corruption in Brazilian football. He was also involved in projects for children and young people and in grassroots sport.
Neymar paid tribute to Pelé
Brazilian soccer star Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior recently paid tribute to Pelé in a video his daughter Kely Nascimento posted on Instagram. “As you know, Pelé is part of my story,” he said. The Paris Saint-Germain striker said he was nominated by a sponsor to honor Pelé with a trophy as a ‘player in history’. There is only one such player. “King, our love and respect for you,” Neymar said.
For weeks, the country and the entire soccer world suffered under Pelé. At the beginning of December, his daughters Kely Nascimento and Flavia Arantes tried to deny information from the newspaper “Folha de São Paulo” according to which Pelé was no longer responding to chemotherapy and that he would now be treated palliatively – that is, say to accompany his death.
During the World Cup in Qatar, the messages of hope were repeated on the Instagram account of “O Rei”, the king. He followed the Brazilian national team from the hospital room. He also praised superstar Neymar for equaling Pele’s national team goalscoring record.
The Brazilian team also played for him in Qatar. Players and fans sent well wishes to their idol in distant São Paulo. In one of his most recent posts, Pelé congratulated Lionel Messi’s Argentina national team on winning their third World Cup title. He also paid tribute to the brilliant performance of French star striker Kylian Mbappé in the final.
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