Brazilian football legend Pele dies at the age of 82 on Thursday, 29 December after a long battle with cancer

Pele, the legendary Brazilian football player who rose from poverty and became one of the most popular football players in history worldwide, has died at the age of 82. His daughter confirmed his death on Instagram.


He had been coming in and out to the hospital continuously for a few months, in November he was admitted to the hospital because he was undergoing treatment for colon cancer. 

He fought with cancer for many years, but he could not win this battle and was declared dead on Thursday, December 29 at the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil, which is his hometown.

He was named Edson Arantes do Nascimento by his father, who named him after the American scientist Elva Edison. He scored 1281 goals in his sports career and was the first player ever to win three World Cups in 1958, 1962 and 1970.

How he was named “Pele”

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His nickname Pele was sudden; earlier he was nicknamed “Dicho” by his uncle and his mother used to call him by that name too. Then one day during school, a boy asked him to tell his favorite football player, so he took the name of “Bile” who was a goalkeeper in a local football club, the boy heard “Pile” instead of “Bile” which later became Pele and from that day everyone started calling him by this name.

Bollywood celebrities also paid tribute

Many famous Bollywood actors Vicky Kaushal, Kareena Kapoor, Shilpa Shetty Kundra paid tribute to football player Pele through their social media handles, commenting on the passing of the football player, Kareen Kapoor posted an old picture of him playing in a field and wrote “King” On the other hand, Vicky Kaushal also shared a picture and wrote, “R.I.P.”

Shilpa Shetty Kundra was also seen posting on her social media handle, wrote “Legend #Pele. Rest In Peace.”

More about the legend Pele

Pele was born on 23 October 1940, in the small Minas Gerais town of Tres Corações. He learned to play football from his father who was a semi-professional player whose career ended due to a knee injury.

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At the age of 15 he joined Santos and turned the small coastal club into one of the most famous names in football.

During a prestigious 18-year spell at the club he won every honor in Brazilian football two Copas Libertadores, the South American equivalent of the Champions League, and two Intercontinental Cups, an annual tournament held between magnanimous teams in Europe and the South.

Due to injuries, he missed only two games in the 1962 World Cup, which Brazil went on to win. Now at the 1970 tournament in Mexico, the 29-year-old Pelé won the World Cup title for the third time with a Brazilian side that included other football stars such as Carlos Alberto Torres and Tostão, considered by many to be the greatest team of all time. is believed.


Radhapriya is a final year MA journalism student. A hard-working person and a dream chaser who wants to do something big in life.


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