Sports World Mourns As Brazilian Football Icon Pelé Passes Away At 82

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Pelé, the Brazilian football legend that’s widely regarded as the greatest player of all time, has passed away at the age of 82 years old. He passed away at a Sao Paulo hospital on Thursday following a battle with cancer.

The soccer icon famously won three World Cups — 1958, 1962, and 1970 — with the Brazilian National Team.

Following the news of his passing, the sports world took to social media to mourn his loss, as the 82-year-old was one of the most recognizable athletes in the history of sports.

Pele’s club career consisted of just two teams, Santos from 1956 — where he began playing when he was just 15 years old — to 1974, and with the New York Cosmos for the final two years of his career from 1975 to 1977.

Other than his ailing health, Pele had been in the news in recent weeks given Lionel Messi’s World Cup victory with Argentina, as the two are thought of as being the greatest players in the history of the sport. Playing as a forward, Pele scored almost a goal per game throughout the course of his professional career.

Our thoughts are with Pele’s friends, family, fans, and various loved ones during this difficult time.

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