Brazilian football legend, Pele has passed on Thursday after a long battle with cancer.
Pele had been hospitalised since November with multiple ailments, including a respiratory infection
However, Pele’s death was confirmed on Thursday by his daughter Kely Nascimento.
She broke the news via her Instagram, accompanied by a photo of family members holding his hand as he rested in a hospital bed.
“Everything we are is thanks to you,” Nascimento wrote. “We love you infinitely. Rest in peace.”
The 82-year-old three-time World Cup winner, whose real name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, was also suffering from heart and kidney problems.
Pele had a tumour removed from his colon in September 2021. He was admitted to the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo on November 29.
Pele, seen by many as the most talented footballer to ever play the game, led Brazil to a trio of World Cup titles in 1958, 1962 and 1970. He remains Brazil’s leading goal scorer, with 77 goals in 92 games.
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