The first worldwide symbol of soccer, Pelé, a Brazilian hero who won three World Cups, has passed away at age 82.
“Everything that we are, is thanks to you,” his daughter Kely Nascimento wrote in a post on Instagram, under an image of family members holding Pele’s hands. “We love you infinitely. Rest in peace.”
Late in November, Pelé was hospitalized in So Paulo with complications from colon cancer and a respiratory infection.
His health had gotten worse as his malignancy became worse, the hospital reported last week.
According to a statement from Albert Einstein Hospital, he passed away on Thursday as a result of multiple organ failure brought on by the advancement of colon cancer.
Soccer has been associated with Pelé for more than 60 years.
The only player in history to participate in all four World Cups and win three of them, he left a lasting impact that went well beyond his collection of awards and exceptional goal-scoring stats.
“I was born to play football, just like Beethoven was born to write music and Michelangelo was born to paint,” Pelé famously said.
Many people have paid tribute to the legendary soccer player.
Santos FC, Pelé’s first team, tweeted “eternal” along with a picture of a crown in response to the news.
Football player Neymar from Brazil claimed Pelé “changed everything.”
He stated: “He turned football into art, into entertainment,” in a post on Instagram.
He provided the underprivileged, black people, and most importantly, Brazil, a voice.
Brazil and football have improved thanks to the King! He added.
Portuguese star forward Cristiano Ronaldo sent his condolences to Brazil in a post on Instagram, saying “a mere “goodbye” to the eternal King Pelé will never be enough to express the pain that currently engulfs the entire football world.”
Kylian Mbappé of Paris Saint-Germain said of Pelé’s death: “The king of football has left us but his legacy will never be forgotten.”