Pele was one of the greatest to ever play the beautiful game. And as one of the most recognizable athletes in the world, he understood the power of sports to bring people together.
With the death of Pele, soccer has lost one of its greatest legends, if not the greatest. Like all legends, the King seemed immortal. He made people dream and continued to do that with generations and generations of lovers of our sport. Who, as a child, didn’t dream of being Pele?
Today, football lost the greatest man in its history – and I lost a unique friend and it’s been a honor to have known you, Brady said. Born in Tres Coracoes, Pele had three hearts: for football, for his family and for all people.
Someone who played with the stars and always stayed down to earth. In 2014, Brazil’s Datafolha institute conducted a poll to discover the identity of the country’s greatest sportsperson.
Neymar, Ronaldo and Garrincha all scraped a few votes but – to observers outside the country – there seemed little doubt who the winner would be. Pele, as a three-time World Cup winner and arguably the greatest footballer of all time, is surely untouchable.