Brazilian soccer megastar Pelé dead at 82

 December 30, 2022

Soccer fans the world over were left mourning this week after it was announced that Brazilian soccer megastar Pelé had passed away at the age of 82. 

CNN reported that Pelé had to be hospitalized in São Paulo late last month due to a respiratory infection as well as complications arising from colon cancer.

Pelé: "I was born to play football"

The network noted that the global star is survived by his daughter Kely Nascimento who wrote a message to her late father on Instagram, saying, "Everything that we are, is thanks to you. We love you infinitely. Rest in peace."

According to CNN, Pelé played in four World Cups over the course of his long career and remains the only soccer player to have won three.

"I was born to play football, just like Beethoven was born to write music and Michelangelo was born to paint," CNN quoted him as having said.

Social media users from across the world quickly took to social media following Pelé's death and created posts in remembrance of the fallen athlete.

Joe Biden calls Pelé a "soccer legend"

Among them was President Joe Biden, who put out a tweet recalling how Pelé had managed to "rise from humble beginnings to soccer legend."

Biden's predecessor spoke up as well, with former President Barack Obama describing Pelé as "one of the greatest to ever play the beautiful game."

Fellow sports legend Michael Jordon took note of Pelé's passing too, calling him "the original and only THE GREATEST!"

Meanwhile, NASA celebrated Pelé life by tweeting out an image of a galaxy which features the colors of Brazil's national soccer team.

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