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Legendary footballer Pelé dies at 82

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known worldwide as Pelé, has died at the age of 82, AP reports.

Pelé had undergone treatment for colon cancer since 2021. He had been hospitalized for the last month with multiple ailments. Joe Fraga, the ex-footballer’s agent, has confirmed his death.

Pelé is often referred to as the most influential football player of all time and is the only player in the history of the game to have won three FIFA World Cups, having done so in 1958, 1962, and 1970 with his home nation Brazil.

He spent most of his career at Santos FC, a renowned club in the Brazilian state of São Paulo. Nearing the end of his carrer, Pelé joined New York Cosmos in the US where he spent two years before retirement.

Pelé had 92 caps with the Brazil national team, scoring 77 goals. A role model for numerous generations of footballers, the Brazilian was declared the joint winner of the FIFA Player of the Century Award alongside Argentina’s Diego Maradona who passed away in 2020.

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