Brazil's legendary footballer Pele dies at the age of 82
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Brazilian football legend Pele, who won a record three World Cups has passed away at the age of 82 on 28th December.
Pelé, who had a colon tumor removed by surgery in 2021, was admitted to the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo in November due to poor health.
He died of multiple organ failure as a result of progression of colon cancer.
Pelé was born in 1940 in Tres Carcass – an inland town about 155 miles northwest of Rio de Janeiro.
He is credited with scoring a world record 1,281 goals in 1,363 appearances during a career spanning 21 years, including 77 goals in 92 appearances for his country.
He was the only player to win the World Cup three times, lifting the trophy in 1958, 1962 and 1970, Pele was named Fifa's Player of the Century in 2000.
Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pelé, became a global star when, at the age of 17, he helped Brazil win the 1958 World Cup in Sweden.
He scored the only goal in a 1–0 win over Wales in the quarter-finals, a hat-trick against France in the semi-finals and two goals in a 5–2 win in the final.
Pelé made his football debut for club side Santos at the age of 15, in a 7–1 win over Corinthians de Santo André.
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