Pele Soccer Legend

Pelé Soccer Legend – 23 October 1940 to 29 December 2022


The only player in history who can boast of being champion in three World Cups viz. in 1958, 1962 and in 1970. Is there anything else to say?

Brazil fans at World Cup game salute soccer great Pelé

Edson Arantes do Nascimento known mononymously as Pelé labelled “the greatest” by FIFA, was among the most successful and popular sports figures of the 20th century. In 1999, he was named Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee and was included in the Time list of the 100 most important people of the 20th century. In 2000, Pelé was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the Century. His 1,279 goals in 1,363 games, which includes friendlies, is recognised as a Guinness World Record.

Brazil fans at World Cup game salute soccer great Pelé

From 1957 to 1974 at Santos in Brazil (of which he was and remained forever the flag par excellence), he never moved to Europe and he finished his career playing three seasons with the New York Cosmos in the United States until his retirement in 1977.

Colon, Kidney and Prostate Problems 

The former striker, had been admitted to the Albert Einstein Hospital in the city of Sao Paulo on November 29, 2022 and his health condition worsened as the days went by, despite the fact that both he and his family tried to send reassuring messages.

‘O Rei’, (‘King’ in Portuguese) as he was known, had to undergo surgery in September 2021 to have a tumor in his colon removed and since then he had had regular visits to his doctors for chemotherapy and more than one intensive care admission. In addition, in early 2022 he was reported to be suffering from metastasis.

On the 21st of December it was reported that he had suffered a worsening of his health condition after “presenting progression of the oncological disease” and requiring “greater care related to renal and cardiac dysfunctions”. Finally, Pelé was unable to overcome this delicate situation and passed away on Thursday, the 29th December 2022.

What is the origin of the name Pelé?

His nickname will forever remain a mystery and it was a mystery to the man himself. The most common theory is that as a kid he was a fan of the goalkeeper in his father’s team named “Bile,” but mispronounced it as “Pile.” Despite his frustration at the name, it stuck and developed into Pele.

In his autobiography, Pelé stated he had no idea what the name meant, nor did his old friends. Apart from the assertion that the name is derived from that of “Bilé”, and that it is Hebrew for “miracle” (פֶּ֫לֶא), the word has no known meaning in Portuguese.

Pelé’s career by the numbers

Brazil’s football association (CBF) and Santos say Pele scored a total of 1,283 goals in 1,367 matches while FIFA puts the figure at 1,281 goals in 1,366 games. Whether 1281 or 1283 what a tally!

Why Do Hawaiians believe in Pelé?

Pele is the Hawaiian volcano deity, an elemental force and the creator of volcanic landscapes. According to tradition, she is embodied by the lava and natural forces associated with volcanic eruptions.

Who has the most hat tricks in the world?

Cristiano Ronaldo holds the record for the active player with most hat-tricks. CR7 has an incredible 60 hat-tricks in his illustrious career.

Lionel Messi has scored 56 hat-tricks in his career for Barcelona and Argentina. Messi has scored the most number of hat-tricks in La Liga’s history.

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Tragic that in this day and age people are still dying of cancer. In Peace May You Rest!

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