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Brazil football legend Pelé dies at 82

A report from Christopher Scott and an except from a CNN feature on Pelé's impact on football
By Christopher Scott 
 
The sporting world is mourning the death of Brazilian football legend "Pelé", who secured three World Cups for the South American nation.
 
Widely regarded as the greatest footballer in history, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, more popularly known as Pelé, razzled and dazzled on the pitch which secured him global acclaim.
 
Growing up on the streets of Sao Paulo, Pelé started his incredible journey in the sport in 1956 at age 15 when Santos Football Club came knocking.
 
Later in 1958, he represented Brazil at football's biggest showpiece - the World Cup.
 
He amazed players and spectators in Sweden and became the youngest goal scorer in a final, at age 17, to lead Brazil to their first world title.
 
He won two other World Cups in 1962 and 1970 to end with 12 goals.
 
Pelé would end his illustrious career scoring 1,281 goals – 77 of them while representing Brazil.  
 
Pelé later acknowledged the power of football as he recalled how Santos' visit to Nigeria prompted a 48-hour cease fire.
 
He was magic on the football pitch and created significant waves wherever he went.
 
His legacy is cemented and his impact spans decades that many people will not forget.
 
As news of the football legend emerged, tributes came pouring in for the Brazilian great.
 
His compatriot, former Reggae Boyz head coach René Simões, believes no one can rival Pelé.
 
"There is no way to compare Pelé with anybody. No chance!" Simões declared.  
 
Simões said Brazil will definitely honour the football icon for his greatness, telling Radio Jamaica Sports: "We expect a big party, a big celebration, big tributes for him."
 
Footballers around the world also used their social media pages to pay tribute to Pelé.
 
Lionel Messi, who recently led Argentina to the World Cup title, posted a picture of himself alongside Pelé, writing "Rest in Peace".
 
Fellow Brazilian Neymar Jr. posted on Instagram: "Before Pelé, number 10 was just a number."
 
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo also posted about the pain the world was feeling at the football legend's passing.
 
France's Kylian Mbappe noted that the "King of football has left us but his legacy will not be forgotten."
 
The CNN carried a feature focusing on the impact of Pelé's contribution to 'the beautiful game'.
 
FIFA President Gianni Infantino, in paying tribute to Brazilian legend, said "for everyone who loves the beautiful game, this is the day we never wanted to come. The day we lost Pelé."
 
Infantino said the sight of Pelé punching the air in celebration is “one of the most iconic in our sport, and is etched into history”.
 


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