Pele: Messi, Ronaldo, Mbappe and Neymar pay tribute to football legend
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Pele: Messi, Ronaldo, Mbappe and Neymar pay tribute to football legend

Brazilian football legend Pele has died at the age of 82.

The former striker, arguably the greater footballer of all time, 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.”

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Pele is the only player to have won the World Cup three times – in 1958, 1962, and 1970.

He is also Brazil’s joint all-time top scorer, with 77 goals from 92 matches.

In total, Pele scored 12 goals in 14 World Cup appearances.

He also provided 10 assists – the most by any player in the history of the competition

Pele is credited with scoring a world record 1,281 goals in 1,363 appearances during a 21-year career.

Pele spent most of his club career with hometown side Santos.

He holds their all-time goalscoring record and helped them to two Copa Libertadores titles and six Brazilian league crowns during a glittering 18-year spell with the club.

The footballing legend ended his playing days at New York Cosmos and retired from football in 1977.

After retiring, Pele acted as an ambassador for football.

In 2013, he was awarded the FIFA Ballon d’Or Prix d’Honneur in recognition of his career and achievements.

And in 2020, he was named in the Ballon d’Or Dream Team, a greatest of all-time XI.

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Tributes to a footballing icon

The world of football has been paying tribute to Pele in wake of his passing.

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, four of the greatest active footballers, took to social media to pay their respects.

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