Last Updated on December 30, 2022
Pelé, the Brazilian soccer star who won three World Cups and established himself as the sport’s first worldwide symbol, died at the age of 82.
Pelé was hospitalized to a hospital in So Paulo in late November for a lung infection and colon cancer problems. The hospital said last week that his condition had deteriorated as his cancer advanced.
Pele was selected FIFA’s Player of the Century in 2000 after becoming the only player to win the World Cup three times, in 1958, 1962, and 1970.
Pelé’s name has been linked with soccer for almost 60 years. He participated in four World Cups and is the only player in history to have won three of them, but his legacy extended well beyond his trophy collection and extraordinary goal-scoring record.
“I was born to play football, just like Beethoven was born to write music and Michelangelo was born to paint,” Pelé famously expressed.
Pelé was born Edson Arantes do Nascimento in Três Coraçes, an interior community some 155 miles northwest of Rio de Janeiro, in 1940, before his family relocated to Bauru, So Paulo.Share