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Brazilian footballer (1940–2022).

Born October 23rd, 1940 in Três Corações.

Died December 29th, 2022 at 82 years old in Morumbi District (multiple organ dysfunction syndrome, colorectal cancer). [ref]

actor, association football player, film actor, politician

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known worldwide by his just his first name, Pelé, occurred on December 29, 2022. Widely renowned as one of the greatest football (or soccer) players of all time, Pelé was born in Brazil in 1940. During his illustrious career, which spanned 19 years, he won three World Cups and scored an incredible 1281 goals in 1363 games. His goals scored record still stands to this day, and his impact on the game and on the global game of football is still enjoyed by all. He was instrumental in Brazil’s transition to becoming one of the world's most successful and recognisable international teams, and in his legacy as an Ambassador for the Beautiful Game, Pelé was considered by many to be a passionate advocate for the sport. In 1993, he was awarded the International Peace Award, becoming the first athlete ever to receive the honour, and in 1999, he was named World Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS). He was also the first player to be inducted into the Laureus World Sports Academy in 2000 and the FIFA 100 by Pelé, in which he was regarded as the greatest living player. Thanks to Pelé, the game of football has been firmly entrenched in global culture. His enthusiasm, drive, and skill on the field has touched and inspired generations across the world, and he will live forever in the collective memories of the game he loved. May he rest in peace.

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