Brazilian football legend Pelé passes away at age 82

One of the greatest footballers of all time, Pelé, a Brazilian football legend who three times carried the World Cup trophy home, became an international sensation, the highest-paid team athlete in the world at the time, and passed away at the age of 82. Late on Thursday night, his daughter posted a message on Instagram confirming the news of his passing. The ex-footballer from Brazil passed away from colon cancer after his body stopped responding to treatments.
He was admitted to the hospital earlier this month to monitor his cancer therapy; afterward, a respiratory infection was detected. Pele had a colon tumor removed in September of last year, and ever since then, he had routine hospital visits.
Pele, also known as Edson Arantes do Nascimento, was born in the Brazilian State of Minas Gerais on October 23, 1940, in Tres Coracoes. He became a global icon after leading Brazil to win the 1958 FIFA World Cup for the first time. Pele, who was still a teenager, scored a hat-trick against France in the semifinals and added a brace against Sweden in the championship game to help the Selecao win the first of their record-breaking five world championships. He was in the team that successfully defended the title in 1962 before winning a third World Cup in 1970, the year when Brazil memorably overcame Italy in the world Cup. Throughout his career, he scored 12 goals at the World Cup.
Brazilian striker Pele, widely considered one of the best, made his international debut at age 16 and finished his career as the team’s all-time leading scorer with 77 goals in 92 matches. The striker played for the Brazilian club Santos for a significant portion of his playing career (1956–1974), scoring 643 goals in 659 matches. Pele played for the American football team New York Cosmos during the final two years of his playing career.
In addition to lifting the Copa Libertadores twice in 1962 and 1963, Pele won the Brazilian league championship (Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A) six times (1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, and 1968).