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. 

Important facts

  • 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.

About Pele

  • 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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