Legendary footballer Pele dies at the age of 82

RNS: Brazilian football star Pele (Edson Arantes do Nascimento), three-time World Cup champion, died at the age of 82 in a hospital in Sao Paulo. He had been battling from cancer and hospitalized since November 29 at the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo on Thursday afternoon.

Hospitalisation took place due to a respiratory infection after he contracted Covid-19 and for the reassessment of the treatment of colon cancer, said hospital sources.

Pele is considered to be the greatest soccer player of all time. During his 21-year career, he scored a world record 1,281 goals in 1,363 appearances. This includes 77 goals in 92 matches for his national team. Pele was the only player ever to win the World Cup three times, doing so in 1958, 1962, and 1970. In 2000, he was honoured by Fifa as the Player of the Century for his achievements.


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