The world’s greatest soccer player of all time, Peledied today at the age of 82 after a battle with colon cancer.
Named the best footballer of all time by FIFA, the governing body of the sport. player of the century Award-winning Pele (along with Argentina’s Diego Maradona) set the world record for most goals, including exhibitions, with 1,363.
The Brazilian redefined the word ‘legend’ in his home country, dominated the football pitch and gained worldwide fame. At the age of 17, Pele helped Brazil lift his championship to the first-ever World Cup in 1958, where he scored his six goals, including two in the final of the tournament. . He helped make Brazil a consistent champion, and also won his two World Cup titles (his 1962 and his 1970 respectively) for his national team.
He played club football for the Santos from 1956 to 1974 and then for the New York Cosmos from 1975 to 1977, during which time he became a sensation in the United States.
Many players and teams have posted tributes to the football star, as you can see below.