Pelé, a Brazilian soccer star who was widely regarded as the game’s greatest player ever, has passed away. He was 82.

In a message on Instagram on Thursday, his daughter Kely Nascimento said, “Everything that we are, is owing to you.” “You have our undying love. Peace be with you.”

The three-time World Cup victor, who shared the trophy with Brazil in 1958, 1962, and 1970, had been battling colon cancer since September 2021, when a tumor in his large intestine was surgically removed.

In December 2021, he underwent hospitalization once more to receive chemotherapy at the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo for a colon tumor.

According to a story from the daily newspaper Folha de S.Paulo, Pelé was moved to a palliative care unit in a Brazilian hospital earlier this month after his medical staff ceased seeing results from his chemotherapy treatment.

According to the source, his chemotherapy was put on hold so he could have “comforting treatment” for his suffering instead of “intrusive procedures.”

His daughter Kely Nascimento provided an update on her father’s health in November before he was moved to the palliative care unit, adding that her father was “in the hospital controlling medication” while some of her siblings were “visiting [him] in Brazil.”

Despite her father’s persistent health concerns, Nascimento emphasized that there was “no emergency or fresh dire prediction” and expressed optimism that she would see her father as the two rang in 2023. She assured followers that she and her family “really and honestly appreciate the concern and love” for her father and that she will be there for New Year’s. She also promised to upload some images.

One of the greatest soccer players ever to grace the sport is Pelé, who was born Edson Arantes do Nascimento on October 23, 1940, in the little town of Tres Coracoes.

He spent almost 20 years playing for Brazilian club Santos and the Brazil national team, during which time he racked up the most goals in the history of the sport. Due to his achievement, he was given the moniker “The King,” and soccer fans all over the world soon became familiar with the image of him leaping in celebration with his fist raised over his head.

He claimed in 2006 to have first heard the term Pelé at a young age after mispronouncing the moniker Bilé of a goalie on his father’s team.

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On October 1, 1977, over two years after signing with the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League, he announced his retirement from the sport. His last exhibition was particularly memorable since it featured the Cosmos and Santos in front of a record 77,000 soccer fans in New Jersey.

Pelé played with each team for half the game in recognition of his lengthy career.

Six of Pelé’s children and his wife, entrepreneur Marcia Cibele Aoki, are still alive.


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