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Brazilian ‘king of football’ Pele dies at 82

The first global icon of soccer, Pelé, a Brazilian legend who won three World Cups, has passed away at age 82.

Late in November, Pelé was hospitalised in So Paulo for complications from colon cancer and a respiratory infection.

His health had gotten worse as his cancer got worse, the hospital reported last week.

According to a statement from Albert Einstein Hospital, he passed away on Thursday.

He passed away as a result of multiple organ failures brought on by the progression of colon cancer.

Pelé’s name has been synonymous with soccer for over 60 years.

He participated in four World Cups and is the only player in history to have won three of them.

But his legacy extended far beyond his trophy haul and remarkable goal-scoring record.

“I was born to play football, just like Beethoven was born to write music & Michelangelo was born to paint,” Pelé said.

Neymar, a Brazilian footballer, said Pelé “changed everything.”

In an Instagram post, he wrote:

 “He turned football into art, into entertainment. He gave a voice to the poor, to black people, and especially: He gave visibility to Brazil. Football and Brazil have raised their status thanks to the King!”

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Pavan Manzoor is an experienced content writer , editor and social media handler along with a track record of youth-oriented activities in Pakistan and abroad. She was selected as a fully-funded delegate as a leadership fellow in Turkey. She also led a team of 5 volunteers at the week-long Young Professionals Fellowship in Maldives. She is also a member of the Youth Standing Committee on Higher Education.

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