The entertainment world has paid tribute to Brazilian football player Pelé following the news of his death earlier today (December 29), aged 82.
The death of the football star – often called the greatest player to ever live – was confirmed by the Albert Einstein Israelite Hospital in São Paulo in a statement. It said the athlete had died “due to the failure of multiple organs, a result of the progression of colon cancer associated with his previous clinical condition”, per Sky News.
Pelé’s daughter Kely Nascimento also posted a photo to Instagram of what looked like the hands of Pelé’s family on his body. “Everything we are is thanks to you,” Nascimento wrote in the caption. “We love you infinitely. Rest in peace.”
A message shared on the star’s official social media accounts read: “Inspiration and love marked the journey of King Pelé, who peacefully passed away today. On his journey, Edson enchanted the world with his genius in sport, stopped a war, carried out social works all over the world and spread what he most believed to be the cure for all our problems: love.
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“His message today becomes a legacy for future generations. Love, love and love, forever.”
During his career, Pelé scored a world record 1,281 goals in 1,363 appearances, including 77 goals in 92 matches where he represented Brazil. He is the only player to win the World Cup three times – in 1958 at the age of 17, and then again in 1962 and 1970 – and was named the Player Of The Century by FIFA in 2000.
Stars of the entertainment world have begun to pay tribute to Pelé, with Burna Boy tweeting: “RIP Pele. A man with a strong legacy that will be remembered FOREVER. Legends Never Die they are always Remembered in the hearts of the People.”
A man with a strong legacy that will be remembered FOREVER. 🕊️❤️
Legends Never Die they are always Remembered in the hearts of the People. pic.twitter.com/TDb5tVKVhG
— Burna Boy (@burnaboy) December 29, 2022
See more tributes below.
— Saul Williams (@SaulWilliams) December 29, 2022
We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Brazil's mighty king of football. Truly one of the greatest to play the beautiful game. Our thoughts and condolences to his family, friends and everyone who admired him. Rest in peace, Pele. pic.twitter.com/WAcW6BOpPR
— Megadeth (@Megadeth) December 30, 2022
RIP pele ❤️ pic.twitter.com/t3ix1DzFEv
— ksi (@KSI) December 29, 2022
RIP Pele, O Rei 👑🕊️
— aj (@ajtracey) December 29, 2022
Pele. GOAT. pic.twitter.com/a06NmjHxae
— Paddy McGuinness 💙 (@PaddyMcGuinness) December 29, 2022
You know you’ve transcended your sport when you’re a hero to a kid from South Jamaica Queens who grew up on Basketball and Baseball. ☹️ 🙏🏾 ⚽️ Pelé. pic.twitter.com/ihoHZ6Kzy2
— PHAROAHE MONCH (@pharoahemonch) December 29, 2022
Rest In Peace to legendary soccer player, Pele. pic.twitter.com/lAecjsd9Jw
— AFROPUNK (@afropunk) December 29, 2022
RIP PELE LG x
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) December 29, 2022
Rest in peace legend 🌺🌹🤲🏼🙏#pele I dedicate this song …honouring your legacy https://t.co/vOTIf1BJQy
— A.R.Rahman (@arrahman) December 29, 2022
In 2020, Pelé teamed up with Rodrigo y Gabriela to release a collaborative track titled ‘Acredita No Véio (Listen To The Old Man)’. The unlikely team-up saw the Brazilian legend take on vocal duties over the masterful guitar work of the Mexican duo.
Pelé originally wrote the song alongside Brazilian musician Ruria Duprat in 2005, but it received a new musical twist after Rodrigo Y Gabriela came on board. In a statement at the time of the new version’s release, the football icon said he “didn’t want the public to make the comparison between Pelé the composer and Pelé the footballer”.
“That would have been a huge injustice – in football, my talent was a gift from God; music was just for fun,” he explained. “I wrote this one because when I used to play with Santos, the coach used to say that when we lost, it was the players’ fault, but when we won, it was the macumba (black magic) had helped. The song is joking about that – of course, macumba doesn’t win games at all.”