'Footballing immortality': Glowing tributes pour in for Pele

A medical evaluation right before Christmas found that he needed therapy for cardiac and renal failure

By Web Desk
December 30, 2022
Pele has been battling colon cancer since September 2021 — Reuters

The whole world paid tribute to the legendary Brazilian footballer, who died on Thursday at the age of 82.

Pele was hospitalized in Sao Paulo on November 29 for what his medical team called a re-evaluation of his chemotherapy treatments, which he has been receiving since having surgery to remove a colon tumor in September 2021.

A medical evaluation right before Christmas found that he needed therapy for cardiac and renal failure. He has been battling colon cancer since September 2021.

Pele, considered one of the greatest players of all time, left the whole sporting world mourning after his long battle with cancer.

Here's how they reacted:

Pele started playing for Santos at the age of 15 and for the Brazilian national team a year later.

At the 1958 World Cup, he made his debut as a 17-year-old.

After defeating South Korea in the 2022 World Cup's round of 16, Brazil's players honoured Pele by holding up a banner bearing his name as the 82-year-old was shifted to end-of-life-care after not responding to chemotherapy.

It should be mentioned that Pele is considered one of the greatest players to ever play the game.

In 659 official matches for the Brazilian team Santos, he scored 643 goals, helping Brazil win three World Cups in 1958, 1962, and 1970.

Meanwhile, in 92 games for his nation's national team, he scored 77 goals.