The Brazilian football legend Pele, arguably the greatest player ever, is dead at the age of 82.
He has for over a month on palliative treatment after his health worsened with stage 4 cancer.
He is credited with scoring a world record 1,281 goals in 1,363 appearances during a 21-year career, including 77 goals in 92 matches for his country.
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.
He had been suffering with kidney and prostrate problems in recent years.
- Pele has died aged 82 following a period in hospital, having had a tumour removed from his colon last year
- The Brazilian is widely regarded as the greatest footballer ever to have lived, following an incredible career
- Pele is the only player ever to have won the World Cup three times, including at the age of just 17
- He posted on social media on his his 82nd birthday on October 23, when he said he was ‘in good health’
- Pele was one of the most influential people of the 20th Century, and one of the first black global sports icons
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