Pele, a football legend from Brazil who helped his country win three World Cups, died recently. He made a name for himself as a goal-scoring teenager in multiple tournaments around the world. However, the legendary footballer passed away on Thursday at the age of 82. Beginning on Monday, fans will be able to pay their final respects at the stadium where the football star played. Pele who died at the age of 82 is regarded as one of the greatest players in football history. He shone for Brazil at the World Cup, in club matches, and on international tours with his team. He played for the New York Cosmos at the end of his career. Pele contributed to a resurgence of interest in the sport in the United States.
At the age of 16, he joined Brazil’s national team. However, he had to wait 1 year till 1958, to participate in his first World Cup. He was only 17 years old while playing in the world cup. He scored three goals in Brazil’s second World Cup game. This made him tournament’s youngest goal scorer and the youngest player to ever score three goals in a single game. Pele led Brazil to the title by scoring two more goals in the tournament’s decisive game. In 1962 and 1970, he helped Brazil win two more World Cups. After leaving Santos and his international duties, Pele joined the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League. He played there for three seasons.
The New York Cosmos released a statement saying that Pele helped transform the domestic landscape of the sport of soccer. Pele served as Brazil’s sports minister after retiring from football. The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization named him the UNESCO Champion of Sport. This is due to his outstanding commitment to promoting sports and assisting underprivileged children. He later said about his role that this is a part of his legacy. Moreover, he always appreciated other football greats who have been going down the same road.
Neymar is a star for Paris Saint-Germain and a fellow Brazilian football player. He claimed that prior to Pele, soccer was just a sport. Brazil and football both rose in stature as a result of the King. Pele’s legacy will endure, according to French star Kylian Mbappe. Lionel Messi, the captain of Argentina’s World Cup-winning team prayed for Pele on Twitter.