Pele: Brazil Begin Three Days Of Mourning, Tributes Pour In For Football Legend
Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji
Brazil has started three days of national mourning for football legend, Pele.
The there time World Cup winner widely regarded as the Greatest Of All Time (GOAT) died on Thursday in Sao Paulo after a long battle with cancer.
His death has triggered a wave of tributes around the world.
Tributes pour in from across the world cutting sports, politics, and popular culture for a figure that epitomises Brazil’s dominance of the beautiful game.
Fans of Brazilian club, Santos gathered at the club stadium as the news of the passing of Pele broke on Thursday.
The fans wave large flags bearing the image of Pele in remembrance of their hero whose exploits earned them 6 Brazilian league titles and 2 Copa Libertadores crowns.
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Some of the best footballers of this generation, Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Portugal forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, France star Kylian Mbappe, and Brazil forward, Neymar joined in the mourning of Pele branding his impact as inexplicably.
FIFA President, Gianni Infantino paid tribute to Pele. The Swiss football administrator in his message on Instagram says the death of the Brazilian icon created a void in the game.
He said: “We lost Pele. But actually, we never lose him. He’s forever with us. He’s forever with everyone who loves football because of what he did for football, because of what he did for all those who love football. Even those who have not seen him, love him. A great human being, a great person with a big, big heart.
“An incredible charisma, winning three World Cups. A beautiful and warm smile. Nice words for everyone. Good to everyone and polite. Well that’s how we remember him and how everyone in future as well will remember him. For now, of course, our thoughts, our sympathy, our love, and our hug go to his family, his friends, and those who shared so many emotions with him.”
Pele’s game transcends football and this was established by tributes from political leaders around the world.
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Brazil President, Jair Bolsonaro described Pele as a man who transformed football into an art and joy.
United States of America (USA) President, Joe Biden, former US President, Bill Clinton and Barrack Obama all posted on Twitter lamenting the loss of Pele.
As the world extols the virtues of Pele, status as the greatest of all time sticks in the mind of millions of football enthusiasts.
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