Edson Arantes do Nascimento is a name which will only be known by a few, but mention the name Pelé, then the world will he was a Brazilian professional footballer who played as a forward. He would later become an icon, a legend of the game.
Today though, the football community is in mourning as Brazil’s greatest player and maybe the world’s greatest player lost his battle with illness aged 82.
The former Santos striker has been credited for scoring 1281 goals in 1363 appearances. Sceptics would say, but that was the Brazilian league, which was of elite standard in those days.
To pour further cold water on this argument, Pele scored 77 goals in 92 games, which made him the record scorer for the Selecao at the time. This record may have gone to Neymar, but Edson (Pele) won three World Cups, his first being at the ripe old age of just 17.
The great man would score in that final of 1958 as Brazil would beat the mighty, who were also hosts of that tournament Sweden 5-2. Argue some might, but the football community widely acknowledged he was the best player of his era.
Off the pitch that Brazilian battled illness on several occasions in recent years. Pele had a tumour from his colon removed in 2021. It came apparent though that Pele’s condition was getting worse.
His daughter Kely Nascimento kept fans updated on her father’s condition with regular social media updates from the hospital. Football will be devastated and saddened by this loss.
Love football, don’t love football everyone knew Pele. Edson Arantes do Nascimento, you will go down as one of the greatest ever to have played. The Sports Buff team prays for comfort for Pele’s family at this time.
May God have mercy on you.