Brazilian soccer legend Pelé — arguably the best soccer participant ever — has died.
The three-time World Cup winner handed away at a hospital in Sao Paulo surrounded by family members following a prolonged battle with most cancers.
Pelé was initially identified with the illness in 2021, and had been out and in of medical amenities over the previous 12 months to assist him struggle it. However, sadly, his situation worsened just lately … forcing him to spend the final two months in a hospital mattress.
Pelé was in a position to watch the 2022 World Cup in his ultimate days … and even penned a congratulations submit on his social media web page to Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe after the epic Argentina vs. France ultimate final weekend.
He had additionally written an emotional notice to Neymar after an enormous efficiency for Brazil earlier within the famed match.
Pelé joined Brazil's nationwide staff when he was simply 16 years outdated … and received his first-ever World Cup at age 17 in 1958. He went on to guide Brazil to 2 extra titles within the occasion, profitable all of it in 1962 and 1970.
He is broadly considered among the finest purpose scorers ever — with Cristiano Ronaldo beforehand calling him “the best participant in soccer historical past.”