We sadly mourn the death of an international soccer legend, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as “Pele”. He passed away at the age of eighty-three, after a long and successful career as one of the world’s most beloved soccer players.
Pele was born in Tres Coracoes, Brazil on October 23, 1940 and was raised by his parents Joao Ramos do Nascimento and Celeste Arantes. He played his first game of soccer for the club Bauru Athletic Club at the age of fifteen and went on to be considered one of the greatest, if not the greatest soccer player of all time.
He rose to fame with his skillful play and impressive record of one thousand two hundred and sixty-one goals throughout his career. Pele was a powerful force on the field and his presence was felt in every game he played. He was known for his spectacular performances which not only amazed fans, but also made him a target for the media.
He was a three-time World Cup winner, a two-time Copa Libertadores winner, and a member of the International Soccer Hall of Fame. He was also the first player to be named the FIFA Player of the Century. In addition to his soccer career, he was a successful businessman and an ambassador for the sport.
Pele was a living legend, and his influence was felt far beyond the soccer field. He was a role model for many people, especially in his native Brazil. He will be remembered for his passion for the sport, his kind and generous spirit, and his incredible skill as a soccer player.
Rest in peace, Pele. You will be missed by soccer fans all over the world.