Pele remembered for going beyond football around the world

Pele will be remembered for living beyond the field, beyond the game of football and becoming possibly the most famous man on earth.

“Before Pele, ’10’ was just a number,” Current Brazilian striker Neymar writes The following The football great died on Thursday at the age of 82“That line, beautiful, but incomplete. I would say, before Pele, football was just a sport. Pele changed everything. He turned football into art, entertainment. He gave the poor, the black people a voice , and most importantly, he gave “

With 12 goals in 14 World Cup appearances, Pele is the only three-time world champion, having won the title in 1958, 1962 and 1970. His death had a particularly big impact on generations of Brazilian players who idolized him.

“Today Brazil waved goodbye to one of its most remarkable children,” Romario wrote, The 1994 World Cup winner, used Pele’s full name in his posts. “Edson Arantes do Nascimento made the world bow to his talent and brought Brazilian football to the altar of the gods. Throughout his life, Pele inspired generations of athletes and he deserves every tribute.”

Ronaldo, who led Brazil to its fifth World Cup title in 2002, described Pele as “unique. Genius. Skillful. Creative. Perfect. Unmatched.”

“It’s such an honor to be following you, my friend,” ronaldo wrote. “Your talent is the school every player should go to. Your legacy transcends generations. This is how you will continue to live.”

Pele is a respected sports figure, probably not at the same level as any athlete other than Muhammad Ali. Able to mingle with heads of state and celebrities with ease while dodging defenders, Pele has made an impact in capitals on every continent.

“As one of the most recognizable athletes in the world, he understands the power of sport to bring people together,” Former U.S. President Obama wrote.

President Biden tweeted: “For a sport like no other that brings the world together, Pele’s rise from humble beginnings to football legend is the story of what is possible.”

Pele has had the biggest impact on Brazil, being a unifying figure during the 2014 World Cup.

In the coastal city of Santos, where Pele made his name, 18-year-old Nicolas Oliveira and about 200 others stood outside the stadium.

“I watched Pele live at Pacaembu and Morumbi (stadiums),” former Brazil President and current President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva wrote“Play, no. I’ve seen Pele perform. Because when he gets the ball, he always does something special and it often ends in a goal. … There are few Brazilians who have played like him. Our country is named after it. Unlike Portuguese, foreigners from the four corners of the globe quickly found a way to pronounce the magic word: ‘Pelé’.”

Pele has been known to anyone who knows only one footballer’s name for half a century.

“He made people’s dreams come true and continues to do so with generations of fans of the sport,” French coach Didier Deschamps said in a statement. “Who didn’t dream of being Pele as a child? . .. Pele was a combination of beauty and efficiency. His talent and achievements will always be etched in our minds.”

French soccer star Kylian Mbappe scored a hat-trick in this month’s final loss to Argentina, tying Pele for sixth on career World Cup goals. Four years ago, Mbappe became only the second teenager after Pele to score in a World Cup final.

“The king of football has left us, but his legacy will never be forgotten,” Mbappe wrote.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said in a statement on Friday: “Pele filled not only football stadiums with excitement, but people’s hearts and families with hope that adversity is okay. Overcome.” “His stamina and impact on the court inspired Pele’s resilience to work for global peace and justice.”

When Pele’s condition worsened during the World Cup in Qatar last month, messages wishing him well were flashed on the sides of buildings in Doha. The English Football Association lit up the arches of Wembley Stadium in the colors of Brazil on Wednesday night. Football’s governing body FIFA changed the home page of its website to a picture of Pele on a black background.

“Pelé has done things no other player could have dreamed of,” FIFA President Gianni Infantino wrote. “The sight of him throwing his fist and celebrating is one of the most iconic scenes in our sport and is etched in our history. In fact, since televised football was in its infancy at the time, we only got glimpses of him. Ability.”

When Pele played for the North American Soccer League’s New York Cosmos in 1975-77, he helped spark the rise of football in the United States and lead to the country hosting the World Cup in 1994.

“Pelé was truly a remarkable figure – both on and off the pitch,” said Sunil Gulati, a FIFA council member and former U.S. Soccer president. “The world lost a once-in-a-lifetime athlete who left an extraordinary legacy.”