Edson Arantes do Nascimento popularly known as Pele has passed on at 82 years after losing his battle with cancer.
The Brazilian who is widely regarded as the greatest-ever football player passed away at the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo on Thursday.
Pele, who is the only player in history to win three World Cups, passed away at the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo following a battle with cancer.
A message from Pele’s official Twitter account on Thursday read: “Inspiration and love marked the journey of King Pelé, who peacefully passed away today. Love, love and love, forever.”
Pele, who is Brazil’s joint all-time top scorer with 77 goals in 92 matches, became an icon of the game after winning the World Cup in 1958 as a 17-year-old, netting twice in the final to defeat hosts Sweden.